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Snowden never traded secrets for money - lawyer

Published time: November 13, 2013 01:56
Edited time: November 14, 2013 09:45
Edward Snowden (AFP Photo / Wikileaks)

Edward Snowden (AFP Photo / Wikileaks)

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is running out of money, his lawyer revealed, stating that the whistleblower never traded secrets for cash and never received anything for the information he leaked.

“The savings he had, he has almost entirely spent on food, rent, security and so on,” Anatoly Kucherena told Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta in an interview. 

Snowden, who leaked the US global surveillance documents, is relying on “enterprising citizens and organizations who offer him different kinds of assistance, including financial,” Kucherena said.

Kucherena decided to help Snowden because the whistleblower did not have anyone else to turn to in Russia. “He does not have his mom, dad, or any other relatives around.” Kucherena has been assisting Snowden not only with his legal status, but also in figuring out other aspects of Russian life. “It was almost impossible to say ‘no’ to him, as he is all alone in Russia,” he said.

Snowden’s passport was revoked while flying from Hong Kong to Moscow. However, the US government was unable to revoke the whistleblower’s citizenship. 

When I spoke with US embassy representatives, they insisted on a meeting with Snowden, but he kept refusing. I told them that he has not been arrested and was not charged with any crimes in Russia. So his freedom was not limited, and he was within his rights to decide whether to meet with them or not,” Kucherena stated.

“Americans themselves created this problem. When I proposed for them to reissue his passport, so he would decide for himself where he wanted to go, they told me: ‘We can re-issue his passport only to enter the US.’”

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich)

It was recently revealed that Snowden might testify concerning espionage allegations against the US and the UK, as Germany is considering the possibility of questioning the whistleblower in Moscow. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel – whose private mobile phone was also allegedly bugged by American security services – warned earlier that spying among friends was unacceptable. Merkel also demanded that Washington sign up to a 'no-spying' agreement with Berlin and Paris by the end of this year.

Kucherena said that Snowden will probably testify as a “witness,” stating that it will be safer for him to do so in Russia since Germany might be forced by law to “surrender Snowden to US once he lands in Germany.” 

The whistleblower rose to international prominence after leaking several classified documents detailing massive electronic surveillance by the US government and foreign allies who collaborated with them. 

Snowden was hiding out in a Hong Kong hotel when he first went public in May. Amid mounting US pressure on local authorities and Beijing to hand over the whistleblower for prosecution, Snowden flew to Moscow on June 23. He received temporary asylum in Russia in August, allowing him to live and work in the country for one year. 

Snowden is currently residing in an unknown location in Moscow.

Comments (47)


Mat Decoder 15.11.2013 04:25

hello sandra. dont be upset...buth WE dont choose goverment by vote. thats the illusion that they try to sell us. in reality there is just 1 agenda and the political groups are just acting that they are in control and are different groups.. its 2 confuse manipulate us. if the goverment is really there for the people then why go on war in every country ? last thing..why do people still die every day from hunger in 2013 . i am 34 years old when i whas 10 i saw for first time hunger problem. ..and still today :-( sure we can go to space and moon buth to feed our hungry people on earth is to hard and to dificult !!


sandra 14.11.2013 19:13

He definitely needs to be paid! Every single person deserves to know the truth about what is going on in government. We elect them we should know what they are up to.


Ulf Meister 14.11.2013 16:58

Smarty Harty 13.11.2013 12:27

Set up fund for him , I am sure paypal would be happy to do so ..
I would be happy to send him a donation , the bloke deserves the peace prize at the least ..


Impeach Obama and strip him of the title Nobel Peace Prize winner, because he doesn't deserve it, no further comment...! Greetings from Germany!

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