With Edward Snowden's dad visiting Russia, the NSA whistleblower emerged from hiding today to be photographed and accept an award for "integrity in intelligence," the AP reports. Sporting an open-necked blue shirt and black suit, Snowden smiled in a photo with the award's presenters: British Wikileaks reporter Sarah Harrison and US activists who have worked for the NSA, the Justice Department, the CIA, and the FBI. Later, they refused to disclose the location of the meeting but said Snowden was in good spirits and appeared unfettered by Russian authorities.
"He spoke very openly about a whole range of things, a number of which I won't get into here, but it certainly didn't involve any kind of manipulation by the Russian government or anyone else for that matter," said Jesselyn Radack, an ex-Justice Department official who now helps protect whistleblowers. Former NSA official Thomas Drake said Snowden "spoke about going out and about and getting to understand Russia and its culture and the people. This is where he lives now, and so where you live is your home." (Read more Edward Snowden stories.)