Russia’s intelligence agency sought to recruit former NSA contractor Edward Snowden but he declined the offer, a close ally has told film-makers.
The Russian FSB intelligence security service approached Snowden while he was stuck in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport for six weeks in 2013, WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison said.
At the time, Snowden was unable to enter Russia or fly elsewhere because his passport had been cancelled by US authorities seeking to arrest him for leaking secret documents.
Ms Harrison told German filmmakers in a documentary airing later that the FSB asked only once, and he “didn’t give anything to the Russians at all”.
The FSB did not respond to an AP request for comment.
Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum in August 2013.