Snowden’s Father Arrives in Russia

    In this frame grab made available by Rossia 24 TV channel on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, Lon Snowden speaks outside Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, Russia. Edward Snowden's father Lon Snowden told Russian television outside the Moscow airport Thursday morning that his son is not planning to return to the United States. Lon Snowden thanked Russia and President Vladimir Putin for sheltering his son. He would not say when or where he will be meeting his son. (AP Photo/ Rossia 24 TV channel) TV OUT

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    Just as he promised, Lou Snowden, the father of exiled American whistleblower Edward Snowden, has arrived in Russia in hopes of visiting his son. After leaking documents that revealed massive NSA spying and launched a global scandal, Edward Snowden was given asylum in Russia for a year. “I am not sure my son will be returning to the U.S. again,” his father said, expressing “extreme gratitude that my son is safe and secure and he’s free.” Lou Snowden was seen being escorted through Moscow’s airport with his lawyer Thursday, and his comments were played widely on Russian television. Edward Snowden has not been seen in public since he was granted asylum in August.

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