|This screenshot made on Oct. 10, 2013, shows Lon Snowden (R), father of Edward Snowden, receives interview from Rossiya 24 in Moscow, Russia. Father of the fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden arrived Thursday in Moscow, local television said. (Xinhua)
MOSCOW, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Lon Snowden, father of U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, has told a television station he has not yet spoken to his son after arriving here Thursday morning.
"The last time I spoke to him directly was in April," Lon told the Russia-24 state-run news channel in a live interview, adding he could not give any details for the sake of his son's safety.
Lon, accompanied by Edward's Russian attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, referred all specific questions to the lawyer.
The father wants his son to stay in Russia for as long as possible, saying "Russia is the only country in the world where Edward could feel safe."
He thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin and others for assisting Edward to find his place in the country.
Lon Snowden and Kucherena went to the TV studio directly from Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where his son was trapped for more than a month before receiving temporary asylum.
With a Russian multi-entry visa, the father hopes to visit other cities besides Moscow.
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