Snowden's father defies legal advice and contacts son: Lawyer
MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden revealed on Thursday that the father of the former US intelligence analyst had contacted his son via the Internet in defiance of legal advice.
The 30-year-old ex-National Security Agency contractor received asylum in Russia on August 1, after spending more than five weeks stranded in a Moscow airport avoiding extradition to the United States.
Mr Snowden is wanted by Washington on espionage charges linked to his media disclosures about the secret details of US surveillance programmes.
Attorney Anatoly Kucherena said on Thursday that Mr Snowden and his father Lon had recently chatted via the Internet. Mr Lon Snowden has obtained a Russian visa and is expected in Russia soon to visit his son.