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Father of whistleblower Snowden flies to Moscow for visit

Father of whistleblower Snowden flies to Moscow for visit
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Edward Snowden’s father has arrived in Moscow to visit his son at an undisclosed location.

The former NSA contractor, who leaked information about US surveillance programmes, has the right to remain in Russia for a year.

Speaking at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where his son was stranded for weeks, Lon Snowden said he had not had any direct contact with him for months,but believed he was doing well.

“You know, I’ve heard so many things through the media, and my assumption is certainly, given the circumstances, he’s doing as well as could be expected. He’s safe and he’s free – and that’s a good thing.”

Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said Snowden was looking for work in Russia.

“He has already had many job offers. This issue is being considered now. I’m absolutely confident that Edward will find a job, and will find a very well-paid job as he’s very skilled,” Kucherena said.

In Brazil, the American journalist who broke the first stories about the global spy programme, Glenn Greenwald, told senators at a special investigation committee on spying that if Brazil was serious about defending privacy it should offer asylum to Snowden.