Moscow, October 10 (RHC)-- The father of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow on Thursday to meet with his son, who was granted asylum by Russia in August after he leaked details of government surveillance programs and fled the United States.
Snowden's father, Lonnie Snowden, told journalists at a Moscow airport that he has not yet had any direct contact with his son, but that he felt "extreme gratitude" that his son is safe and free in Russia.
Lonnie Snowden also said that his son is not planning to return to the United States, and thanked Russia and President Vladimir Putin for sheltering him. He did say when or where the two would be meeting.
Edward Snowden was stuck at a Moscow airport for more than a month after his arrival from Hong Kong, before he was granted asylum in Russia. His exact whereabouts remain secret, due to reports that he is being targetted by the U.S. government and could be abducted and forcibly taken to the United States. There have also been reports that Snowden is on a 'hit list' and could be assassinated by the U.S. government for revealing secret government information.
The 30-year-old former systems analyst has been charged in U.S. federal court with violations of the Espionage Act.
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