Snowden to Live With American Expats

He wants to rent apartment in Russia, get a job

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 1, 2013 11:01 PM CDT | Updated Aug 2, 2013 5:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – What will Edward Snowden's life (or, at least, one year of it) in Russia be like? The NSA leaker will be living with American expatriates in their home until he can rent his own place, his Russian lawyer says, and he'll be looking for a job. "Snowden is an expert, a very high-level expert and I am receiving letters from companies and citizens who would eagerly give him a job. He will not have any problems," the attorney says. "He needs to work. He is not a rich man, and the money that he had, he has of course, spent on food." A major social networking site in Russia already offered him a job yesterday, Reuters reports. Also on Snowden's to-do list, according to the Christian Science Monitor: talk to his dad on the phone.

What he won't be doing: leaking more info. That's because he agreed to Russia's condition that he not harm the US if he wanted to be granted asylum. However, Snowden already gave much of his material to WikiLeaks. "When he was in Hong Kong he gave a part of that material to journalists, so that material, of course, he can't take back," his lawyer explains. And despite Snowden's pledge not to continue leaking, the White House isn't happy Russia granted him asylum, the Wall Street Journal reports. Spokesperson Jay Carney yesterday offered the first direct acknowledgement that President Obama is considering canceling a summit with Vladimir Putin planned for September in Moscow.

This image taken from Associated Press Television shows a copy of a temporary document to allow Edward Snowden to cross the border into Russia.
This image taken from Associated Press Television shows a copy of a temporary document to allow Edward Snowden to cross the border into Russia.   (AP Photo/Associated Press Television)
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