The U.S. efforts to re-obtain NSA leaker Edward Snowden have been tireless since his departure, and if recent reports prove to be true, could be reaching astounding new measures. According to Russian claims, a Member of Parliament’s son was recently “kidnapped” by the U.S. in order to be offered as a trade for Snowden in a later deal.
As it turns out, Roman Seleznyov, 30, was actually arrested by Secret Service agents at Male international airport while trying to board a flight to Moscow. According to the Secret Service, Seleznyov was, “one of the world’s most prolific traffickers of stolen financial information,” and has since been charged with “identity theft, bank fraud, illegally accessing information on protected computers and trafficking in unauthorized access devices.”
The Russian’s however aren’t so keen on believing the coincidental nature of it all and the Russian Ministry has even gone so far as to dub the operation, “a de-facto kidnapping.” Russia is accusing the United States of ignoring proper procedures and is considering the arrest, “a new hostile move by Washington.”
MP Valery Seleznyov, the father of the arrested Russian citizen, has also pointed out the illegality in the US’s illegal operation. He even speculated on the matter saying, “For all I know they may be demanding a ransom tomorrow. Or try to exchange him for [NSA whistleblower Edward] Snowden or somebody. One can only wonder.”
What do you guys think – legitimate arrest or devious operation? Let us know in the comments below.