Lon Snowden, the father of ex-CIA officer Edward Snowden who is stuck in the Sheremetyevo transit zone, has confirmed that he got a proposal from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to fly to Moscow several of weeks ago.
He would like to more clearly understand why the FBI proposes him to fly to Russia, Snowden-senior said on the air of Rossiya 24 TV channel.
He said he is hoping that his son will find protection in Russia and said he is going to come to Moscow, Snowden senior added.
Lon Snowden also said he cannot trust the U.S. Department of Justice, which said Edward Snowden will not be subjected to violence. He recalled the situation with WikiLeaks informer Bradley Manning, who, according to Lon Snowden, is held in inhumane conditions. Lon Snowden said the U.S. Department of Justice cannot be trusted these days.
Lon Snowden also said he intends to come to Moscow. He said he has no intention of clearing this matter with the FBI.
Lon Snowden said he is a U.S. citizen and the father of Edward Snowden and will not apologize for what he did. He said he loves his son and is proud of him and his trip to Russia, if it takes place, will be legitimate.
A lawyer for Lon Snowden said Snowden's relatives have already contacted the Russian ambassador to the U.S. in regard of their possible visit to Russia. He said they will try to organize their meeting and make it good for everybody.
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