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
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)

(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.

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Aug 6, 2013 7:37 AM CDT
Obama and his entire administration have turned out to be a gigantic abject failure, at everything, they can't put people back to work, they can't/won't repair our infrastructure, he is a big failure at foreign policy and he keeps on spending my friggin money and not doing anything to bring the debt down. And all the cover ups, the unlawful spying, the IRS fiasco and the rest of his failed administering. WTF ever happened to being a transparent administration. OBAMA, YOU SIR ARE A BIG FAT LIAR. Just like every other phuc tard politician.
Aug 2, 2013 7:34 PM CDT
No way is Russia going to allow Mr. Snowden near any job that involves computers. Maybe they will allow him to be a janitor or work in a vodka distillery.
Aug 2, 2013 6:08 PM CDT
I think the guy's a dipwad, but, really? If the US had a Russian defector discussing high level security and surveillance information about them, we'd just pack him off to Russia with a box of chocolate bon-bons for Putin because he insisted we do so? So much for accepting responsibility for your policy and procedures. Lord knows how many more Snowdens are in the Surveilling Industrial Complex, which is also a price we pay for allowing the NSA and their cronies to store and peruse any and all communications traffic in the US, having thousands of young hacker wannabes scanning hundreds of thousands of pieces of e-correspondence. Part of the 'new economy' we're supposed to be embracing. As for Snowden, I don't think he's a hero. He's an opportunist, taking a 6 f-in' figure salary working for the NSA and then, HORRORS! They SPY on Americans! Gadzooks! What the F did you think they did at the NSA, historically the blackest of the black government SPYin departments? Hey Gen Y, do a little research the next time you get a job and when it's a 6 F-ING figure salary, expect that some demands are going to be made of you in some fashion or other. Apparently he felt he was owed all that money for just showing up to work.