Snowden invites human right activists, lawyers for meeting at Sheremetyevo

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has asked representatives of Russian and foreign human rights organizations and lawyers to meet with him on Friday, a Sheremetyevo Airport administration source told Interfax.

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has asked representatives of Russian and foreign human rights organizations and lawyers to meet with him on Friday, a Sheremetyevo Airport administration source told Interfax.

Snowden, who is still in the airport's transit area, "plans to voice his attitude to the U.S. administration's maniacal campaign of his persecution, as a result of which passengers of flights bound for Latin American countries are now in danger," the source said.

"He [Snowden] also plans to make a statement, the essence of which is not yet known," he said.

Invitations to the meeting were forwarded to Sergei Nikitin (Amnesty International, Russia), Mikhail Kraskov (Transparency International), Inna Khadzhiyeva, as well as members of Poland's human rights organization, and the United Nation's representative to Russia, the source said.

Russian human rights campaigners invited by Snowden to the meeting include Public Chamber member and Resistance public organization leader Olga Kostina and Russian commissioner for human rights Vladimir Lukin.

Invitations were also sent to parliamentarian Vyacheslav Nikonov and prominent Russian lawyers Anatoly Kucherena, Genrikh Padva and Genri Reznik.

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May 2013 and released information on secret operations of U.S. special services on the surveillance in the Internet.

Snowden asked a number of countries for asylum. The U.S. is pursuing extradition of Snowden to charge him with releasing secret information.

The former CIA employee is currently in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport and can not fly from there because his U.S. passport has been cancelled. Russia's authorities have said more than once that Snowden has not officially crossed the Russian border.

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