Snowden's relatives to visit Russia soon

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden's father, mother, grandmother and grandfather are likely to visit Russia soon to meet with him, and an invitation for such a visit has already been sent to them, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Russia Today (RT) television.

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden's father, mother, grandmother and grandfather are likely to visit Russia soon to meet with him, and an invitation for such a visit has already been sent to them, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Russia Today (RT) television.

"No, this is not being dragged out, I've sent an invitation, but he [Snowden's father] has his plans. We talk with him nearly every day now. He will visit Russia in the near future - I won't tell you the date for the time being - to meet with his son. His mother is likely to come as well, and so may his grandmother and grandfather," Kucherena said when asked about the expected arrival of Edward Snowden's father, Lon Snowden.

Asked what activity Snowden plans to engage in, Kucherena said he is likely to be a human rights activist.

"I think he will be engaged in human rights activities. And I think he will decide himself how to act and what to do within the framework of his human rights activities," he said.

Snowden is "absolutely convinced that total tapping is unacceptable, and it is unacceptable [for the government] to read our correspondence and tap our telephones," Kucherena said.

Snowden is currently learning about Russian culture, "he is walking, he can travel, and he is traveling, and therefore he is keen on learning our history," he said.

Asked about Snowden's possible new revelations, the lawyer said the former CIA employee possesses some documents that he has not yet disclosed.

"Yes, certainly. It should be understood that Edward worked for the CIA for quite a long time. He is a good specialist and a professional. Therefore, we haven't yet discussed what he has told the public. He is a courageous man indeed. Not everyone would dare to do this, and not everyone could stand up and say that we are being tapped and that the U.S. special services are doing the same in other countries. Definitely, we had some suspicions, but he confirmed some of our questions," he said.

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