The father of famed U.S. leaker Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow today (Thursday), but the mystery concerning his son only deepened as it was reported he is almost out of money and needs a job by Reuters News Agency today. Lon Snowden, father of the 30-year old former National Security Administration analyst, said he doesn't know where his son is but hopes to see him, according to the London Telegraph.
The report that Edward Snowden needs a job is in direct conflict with earlier reports he was working with a Russian entrepreneur who had founded the Russian version of Facebook several months ago. While his father admitted even he didn't know his son's location somewhere inside the borders of the Russian Federation, he said Thursday he hoped to see him.
An ominous hint emerged Thursday that Edward Snowden has little or no control over his own destiny as his father was whisked away to a government-controlled television station for an interview. Some Americans view the younger Snowden as a traitor while others consider him a hero, but it now appears his fate is controlled by the former head of the KGB Vladimir Putin who now is the head honcho of what used to the the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
Edward Snowden's Russian attorney said the American expatriate was running low on funds and living off the modest sums of money which have come to him in the form of charitable donations. His attorney said he might seek employment in the IT field.
Snowden was the international news story of the past summer when as a NSA analyst he leaked confidential U.S. documents to the world before fleeing to China and then Russia. His sharing of American intelligence information with the Chinese and then the Russians angered U.S. officials and caused espionage charges to be filed against him.
His father said today there was a real chance his son would never return to the United States. That was in sharp contrast to what he said a few months ago when he encouraged his son to come home. Whatever one thinks of Edward Snowden's actions, this is certainly a family tragedy which is evolving before the world's eyes. Edward Snowden is sort of a Shakespearean character of tragic dimensions.
Lon Snowden said his son was his own free agent and it would be his decision as to whether or not he ever returned to America.
Lon Snowden further said he was relieved his son was free and secure.
Whether those were actually his words or the words Putin's minions told him to utter is something Americans may never know.
Edward Snowden fled Hawaii for Hong Kong after he disclosed confidential American data while working as a NSA analyst. He leaked U.S. government surveillance data including e-mails and information collected from Google and Facebook as well as other social organizations on the Internet.
Attorney Anatoly Kucherena made no comments about the earlier reports his client had a job with the Russian version of Facebook.
The one thing we do know for sure is that information regarding the fate of Edward Snowden becomes more scarce since he has vanished from the Moscow airport.
Putin granted Snowden temporary asylum for up to a year which could be extended. The question is, who will determine if the 30-year old can ever leave Russia?
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