Snowden explained his action saying ” I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things ( Surveillance on its citizens)…. I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.
On July 1, WikiLeaks revealed that Snowden had applied for political asylum to 19 countries. A statement attributed to Snowden also contended that the U.S. administration, and specifically Vice President Biden, had unjustly pressured the governments of these countries to refuse his petition for asylum.
Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly said any asylum request would be considered only if he stopped leaking the United States’ secrets. In response, Snowden withdrew his asylum application to Russia