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Putin says US traps Snowden in Russian zone

States strategy scared nations from taking him

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin told an audience of students on Monday that the United States had effectively trapped Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former intelligence contractor, on Russian territory by frightening countries that otherwise might have accepted him.

When Putin insisted that Russia did not want Snowden to cause damage to the United States, the students laughed out loud.

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