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Snowden's Dad Tells Him to Stay Put

July 31, 2013

The father of fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden said his son should stay in Russia because he won't get a fair trial in the United States.

"If I was him, I would stay in Russia," Lon Snowden told the state-owned Rossia 24 news channel in Washington in an interview broadcast Wednesday with a Russian voiceover.

The elder Snowden also said he was grateful to the Russian people and thanked President Vladimir Putin "for the courage and the strength to keep my son safe."

Earlier, Lon Snowden told The Washington Post that he does not believe his son would get a fair trial in the US.

"In the Eastern District of Virginia, ... you cannot throw a rock without hitting a defence contractor - how can my son possibly get a fair trial?" he asked in the interview, a video of which was posted online.

Edward Snowden has been charged with espionage in the US after the former security contractor leaked information about a wide-ranging US online spying programme. He has been stuck at a Moscow airport for more than five weeks because his US passport has been revoked.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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