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Snowden exchanges encrypted messages with father

Published time: August 15, 2013 16:50
Edited time: August 15, 2013 18:04
Lon Snowden (Reuters / Gary Cameron)

Lon Snowden (Reuters / Gary Cameron)

NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, has directly communicated with his father for the first time since fleeing the US. The relatives talked on an encrypted Internet chat on Wednesday, ignoring warnings from lawyers of possible interception by US intelligence.

The move was criticized by Edward Snowden’s legal representative in Russia, Anatoly Kucherena, who urged the family to refrain from such forms of communications until father Lon Snowden arrives in Moscow.

"I understand the feelings of Edward and his father. It appears that they have turned out to be more powerful than the concern for safety,” Kucherena told Interfax news agency. “But I would recommend that they won’t get in touch via the Internet anymore and wait until meeting in person."

The decision to use the web to get in touch with his son was made by Lon Snowden “independently, in spite of legal advice from his attorneys,” an unnamed source with knowledge of the issue told ITAR-TASS news agency.

The source added that besides fears of interception by US security services such form of communication makes it problematic to verify if Lon Snowden was actually talking to his son or somebody else.  

The American lawyers insist that all communications within the Snowden family should happen through Kucherena’s mediation as it was done previously.

“We must understand that security is the No.1 issue in his [Snowden’s] case”
as the whistleblower has the world’s largest state after him, the lawyer stated previously.

Snowden Sr. has already received a Russian visa, saying that he’s planning to come to Moscow this week, without naming the exact date.

Kucherena, previously, stated the NSA leaker will make the important decision on his future only after a family council with his father.

Edward Snowden has received a one-year asylum in Russia on August 1 after spending over a month in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

The former CIA employee arrived in the Russian capital on June 23 on a flight from Hong Kong where he fled just before secret US government surveillance programs were revealed to the public.

Comments (14)


Tony Peter 17.08.2013 10:40

Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are not lucky as Edward Snowden. Because they believed their own evil forces who invade other countries and kill millions of innocent people. If you want expose the West's double standards don't do it in the Western Countries; do as Snowden did. Don't go to the Asian Countries either, because the Asians are too busy hating each other, just take a look at China and Japan, or India and Pakistan. The Asian countries are one step below to the Western Countries and Russia, in term of unity. If you want to do it, go to Russia, it is the only country can stand up to the West's bullshits.


Tony Peter 17.08.2013 10:40

The Five Eyes are closing all of my doors here in New Zealand. It does not matter; I have to do whatever I have to do. There is no surrender, no negotiation or no turning back. The Five Eyes are less than 5% of this world's population, but have too much power. It has to change; the change will only come by our sacrifices.


Maynard 17.08.2013 05:51

Whatever the reason for Mr. Snowden heroism, U.S. Airfarce is enemy.

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