Snowden's Dad: Edward May Never Return Home

As he arrives in Russia in hope of visiting his fugitive son
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
Snowden's Dad: Edward May Never Return Home
Lon Snowden speaks outside Moscow's airport on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/ Rossia 24 TV channel)

With Edward Snowden's lawyer in tow, dad Lon Snowden arrived in Russia early today in the hope of seeing his fugitive son. "I am his father, I love my son, and I certainly hope I will have an opportunity to see my son," he told Reuters, though his real purpose is "to learn more about his circumstances and his health and to discuss legal options," the BBC reports. Speaking from the same airport in which Edward Snowden was stranded for weeks, Lon said he wasn't in contact with his son, but noted a reunion in the US was unlikely. "I am not sure my son will be returning to the US again," he noted. "That's his decision."

Neither the elder Snowden, nor his son's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, would give any details about when and where a meeting would take place, but Kucherena did share some details of Edward's new life in Russia. He still hasn't found a job and is living modestly, mostly on donations since he's run out of his savings, Reuters notes. As to reports of NSA leaks to come: "I really have no idea what his intentions are," Lon Snowden said, but as of now, he is "not leaking information," CNN reports. (More Edward Snowden stories.)

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