Snowden Dad: I've Got Visa to Go to Russia

Unclear when he'll go visit

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2013 8:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Edward Snowden's dad says Russia has given him a visa so that he might visit the NSA leaker, reports the AP. Speaking this morning with ABC's This Week, Lon Snowden confirmed that he's got the necessary paperwork, but was mum on when he might make the actual journey. The elder Snowden says that he hasn't spoken directly with his son since he fled the country. He told ABC that while he'd like to see Edward Snowden return to the United States eventually, he doesn't think he could get a fair trial here.

Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden speaks during an interview to  the state-owned Rossiya 24 channel, Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Lon Snowden, the father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden speaks during an interview to the state-owned Rossiya 24 channel, Tuesday, July 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Rossiya 24 via APTN)
Lon Snowden, father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden on the Today, show in New York on Friday, July 26, 2013.
Lon Snowden, father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden on the "Today," show in New York on Friday, July 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
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