Edward Snowden, the fugitive former CIA contractor who has been given asylum for one year in Russia, should be getting a visit from his father soon.
Lon Snowden, who has not spoken to his son since the news broke of his leaking information about a US security programme, has been granted a visa to see Edward.
He said that he “absolutely” had received his visa, but had not yet set a date for the trip to Russia.
In a television interview Snowden senior was highly critical of President Obama and some members of the US Congress.
“As a father, I want my son to come home, if I believe the justice system that we should be afforded as Americans is going to be applied correctly. At this point, when you consider many of the statements made by our leaders, leaders in Congress, they are absolutely irresponsible and inconsistent with our system of justice. What I have seen is much political theatre. I was disappointed in the president’s press conference. I believe that was driven by his clear understanding that the American people are absolutely unhappy with what they’ve learned and that more is going to be forthcoming.”
The granting of asylum to Edward Snowden has soured relations between Moscow and Washington.
The US wants him extradited to face charges of espionage although the affair has pushed Obama into pledging more surveillance transparency.