9 August 2013, 11:21

Snowden can get any job in Russia, except for civil service - Russian migration service

сноуден шереметьево аэропорт агент

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

Former CIA analyst Edward Snowden can freely travel about and work in Russia after being granted temporary asylum, a Federal Migration Service (FMS) official said on Thursday.

"The law allows him to travel about Russia and take jobs, except, of course, government jobs," Oleg Molodiyevsky, chief of the FMS Moscow Regional Department said.

If Snowden applies for permission to move to another region within the Russian Federation,  then "we will certainly grant him this opportunity," the official added. 

Snowden fled to Hong Kong in May 2013 and then released information on secret operations of the U.S. special services on surveillance in the Internet. Snowden was in the transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport between June 23 and August 1. Snowden had a transit flight through Moscow but could not leave the Moscow airport because the U.S. authorities have cancelled his passport.

The United States are pursuing extradition of Snowden to charge him with releasing secret information.

On August 1, Snowden received a document granting him temporary asylum in Russia for one year and left the Sheremetyevo airport on the same day. "One of the territorial subdivisions of the Federal Migration Service Department for the Moscow region has decided to grant Mr. Snowden the status of temporary asylum," Federal Migration Service spokesperson Zalina Kornilova said.

Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on August 6 that Snowden had registered at the place of his residence.

Bruce Fein negotiating with lawyers willing to protect Snowden in US

US lawyer Bruce Fein is negotiating with other lawyers who are willing to represent CIA ex-agent Edward Snowden’s interests in the US. Fein is the counsel of Edward’s father Lon.

There is a will, meeting the interests of all sides, to find a way to return Edward to the US before the term of his temporary asylum in Russia expires, on condition that he will be guaranteed justice, a fair trial at which he will enjoy the presumption of innocence, Fein said. In addition, Edward should have a professional lawyer specializing in cases within the Espionage Act. Fein said that there are not many lawyers like that.

Fein also said that the US Administration does not want a public trial for Snowden because the authorities are not interested in disclosing classified information.

The lawyer said that Lon Snowden who wants to see his son has applied for a Russian visa. He confirmed that Lon Snowden’s trip to Moscow is planned in August.

We are going to Moscow to make sure that Edward Snowden has a clear understanding of what legal options for action he has and which lawyer would protect his interests, Bruce Fein said.

Bruce Fein is a famous lawyer in the US. He specializes in constitutional and international law. Fein has written numerous articles on constitutional issues for The Washington Times, Slate.com, The New York Times, Legal Times, and is active on the issues of civil liberties. He is the author of Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, and American Empire Before The Fall.

Fein has also worked for the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, both conservative think tanks, as an analyst and commentator.

Despite being a former Deputy Secretary in the Reagan Justice Department, Fein went full bore against the Bush White House in the early 2000s over the Patriot Act and Washington’s post 9/11 surveillance expansion.

In 2007, Fein cofounded the American Freedom Agenda, organization demanding that the Republican Party return to its traditional mistrust of concentrated government power. Notable published writings by Fein include articles advocating the impeachment of former US presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and former US Vice-President Dick Cheney. Fein harshly criticized the anti-terror policies of the Bush White House, including wiretapping and detention of terror suspects.

In 2009, he criticized President Barack Obama for declining to prosecute Bush administration officials for composing CIA memos justifying torture during interrogations. Two years ago Fein proposed impeaching President Barack Obama in connection with the 2011 military intervention in Libya.

Snowden’s dad lauds Putin for standing firm on asylum

Lon Snowden, the father of former NSA contractor praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for granting the whistleblower political asylum despite pressure from the United States, which has continued to express frustration with Russia's decision. He predicted that Russian President Vladimir Putin will stand up to pressure from Washington as the two nations spar over Moscow's decision to grant his son asylum.

Lon Snowden in at times emotional interview told Reuters he did not believe Putin would change his mind and send the his son back to the US to face espionage charges. Snowden’s father made the comments on Wednesday – the same day US President Barack Obama canceled a planned trip to Moscow.

"These games of 'Well, I'm not going to go to this meeting,' or 'I'm not going to go to that meeting,' ... I do not believe that President Vladimir Putin will cave to that," he said.

“President Vladimir Putin has stood firm. I respect his strength and courage,” Lon Snowden said. “He has stood firm against the face of intense pressure from our government and I have to believe that he will continue to stand firm.”

Snowden sharply criticized the Obama administration's handling of his son's case, which he said led to Edward having no choice but to seek asylum abroad. He hoped the diplomatic spat would not distract the American public from the larger debate about the government's secret surveillance tactics.

"This isn't about Russia. The fight isn't in Russia," he said. "The fight is right here. The fight is about these programs that undermine, infringe upon, violate our constitutional rights."

Obama had planned to visit Moscow ahead of September’s G20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Snowden disagreement is the latest in a line of differences between the two countries – tensions are also mounting over nuclear arms control and the new Russian law that prohibits "gay propaganda" among minors.

Mr. Snowden said that he has not spoken to his son since Edward traveled from Hawaii to Hong Kong and then onto Russia after revealing the existence of secret government programs that routinely monitor the telephone and electronic communications of millions of Americans. Other revelations included American spying on foreign diplomats and international metadata interception.

“I am absolutely convinced that my son faced a moral hazard,” Lon Snowden said. “I believe that my son revealed real abuses by the government and I believe that we have many politicians, up to the highest levels, many politicians who are threatened and embarrassed by that.”

Mr. Snowden said he “absolutely” believes his son will eventually return to the United States, although the family was first trying to secure an American attorney who would represent the whistleblower.

Snowden gets residence registration - defense attorney

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden has been registered at his current place of residence, said Snowden's defense attorney Anatoly Kucherena.

"He has been registered," Kucherena said when asked whether Snowden has received residence registration.

Kucherena declined to provide Snowden's whereabouts, saying only that, "he resides in Russia."

Asked whether Snowden has been offered a job, and whether he has a source of subsistence, Kucherena said, "Not yet. He still has some money."

"I don't know yet what will happen next, or where he will work. The moment he decides on this, if he allows me, I will announce his decision by all means," the defense lawyer said.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RT, Interfax

 

 

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