WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden's father Lon Snowden has secured documents to visit the whistleblower in Russia, the elder Snowden and his lawyer Bruce Fein said Saturday.
They made the revelation during an interview on ABC's This Week. They declined to reveal Snowden's whereabouts in Russia and the schedule of their visit because of the frenzy around the issue. But Fein said the trip would happen "very soon."
Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden's lawyer in Russia, said last week he had sent Lon Snowden the required invitation to visit Russia, a step toward securing a visa. He said then he hoped a visit would happen in the coming days.
Snowden had been stranded at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport for six weeks after Washington revoked his passport. He faces espionage charges in the United States after disclosing a classified intelligence surveillance project code-named PRISM.
Although asked by the U.S. side to send him home for a trial, Russia granted Snowden a year-long asylum on Aug. 1, which worsened the U.S.-Russian relations and prompted President Barack Obama to cancel a scheduled meeting with Putin in September.
Obama on Friday pledged to implement plans to increase transparency and oversight of the surveillance programs to restore confidence and address public outcry.
On Sunday the elder Snowden criticized the Obama administration's handling of the case, saying he would like his son to return to the U.S. only if his son could get a fair trial.
"I believe much of what he suggested is superficial," Lon said to the ABC program.
"If you consider the statements by our leaders, leaders in Congress, they are irresponsible and inconsistent with our system of justice," he said. "They have poisoned the well in terms of a jury pool."
MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. National Security Agency worker Edward Snowden is free to travel within the Russian territory wherever he wants to, Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) said Friday.
"In line with the law, he has a right to travel within territory of the Russian Federation and a right to work with the exception of the government services," head of the Moscow regional FMS division Oleg Molodiyevsky told reporters. Full story
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama has cancelled his planned meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next month, with the White House citing lack of progress in bilateral relations.
"Following a careful review begun in July, we have reached the conclusion that there is not enough recent progress in our bilateral agenda with Russia to hold a U.S.-Russia summit in early September," the White House said in a statement Wednesday. Full story
MOSCOW, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Former U.S. National Security Agency worker Edward Snowden, who faces espionage charges in his home country, had been officially registered as resident in Russia, his lawyer said Tuesday.
According to Russian law, all foreigners must register with the Federal Migration Service's territorial branch upon taking up residence. Full story