According to a senior intelligence official, the move is a "gift" in a bid to win the favor of President Trump, who during his election campaign called Snowden a "spy" and "traitor" who deserves to be executed.
For Snowden, the adoption would mean that he would be charged with crimes under the Espionage Act that could result in a penalty of at least 30 years of imprisonment to life.
Snowden's lawyer, Ben Wizner, he told NBC News that the customer has no information about such plans. "The Snowden team has not received such information and has no concerns," Wizner said.
As for Snowden himself, he took the opportunity to point out that the planned version offers "irrefutable proof" that he is not cooperating with Russian secret services.
It remains unknown how far such a plan is from the truth or whether Russia is "committed" to Snowden's extradition. At the moment, Russian spokesman Dmitry Peshkov says the report is "nonsense."