Snowden offered job at Russia's top social network
Hours after the fugitive was given temporary asylum in Russia, the country's hugely popular VKontakte site offers him work as a programmer.
It's likely that Russia's top social-networking site VKontakte won't be seeking references from previous employers when recruiting U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden to its staff.
Despite being a wanted fugitive, Snowden appears to have no problem finding work. VKontakte offered Snowden a job as a programmer on Thursday, according to The New York Times.
"We invite Edward to St. Petersburg and will be thrilled if he decides to join our stellar team of programmers at VKontakte," the social network's founder Pavel Durov said in a VKontakte post. "At the end of the day, there is no European Internet company more popular than VK. I think Edward might be interested in protecting the personal data of our millions of users."
Snowden has beenfor the last several weeks but was finally able to leave on Thursday. Much to the consternation of the U.S. government, for one year. The whistleblower was also but has been unable to travel to the region because the U.S. revoked his passport.
Snowden is wanted by the U.S. for to the media over the National Security Agency's surveillance practices. This leak has led to the public discovering that the government has been working to spy on people via metadata from Internet companies and cellular records in two programs -- the 2015 Program and PRISM. The NSA and the Obama administration have said the goals of the surveillance programs were to and terrorist threats.
Snowden's Russian asylum papers allow him to work in the country, which is probably why Durov offered him a job. VKontakte, which is nearly identical to Facebook, is Russia's most popular social networking site. The site claims to have more than 210 million registered users with up to 47 million people checking in daily.