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Snowden's lawyer doubts that his client will return to the US

on Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:40 pm
Ex-CIA officer Edward Snowden in the near future is unlikely to return to the US, according to his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena.

"Edward - a patriot of America, his country, he loves her and, of course, would like to return to their homeland - this is natural, but in view of the position taken by the US authorities and prominent local politicians, and those sweeping charges against him, he said. can hardly count on an objective and impartial trial in their own country ", - said the coachman.

Earlier, some media released a statement fugitive American that he is ready to return to the US. Kucherena believes that do not contribute to the return of his client's home are statements that do during the election campaign the main US presidential candidates. "And Donald Trump, and Hillary Clinton falsely accused Edward of all mortal sins and serious crimes, mentioning at the first opportunity his name and demanding that Russia its issuance. However, given the large number of Americans sympathetic to Snowden, such statements hardly will add their votes "- said the lawyer," Interfax ".

He reminded that the US side has not yet put forward a "distinct charges against Snowden and did not send a formal extradition request." "With such accusations Edward can not expect and hope for an objective and impartial justice," - said the coachman.

Former US intelligence officer Edward Snowden from August 1, 2014 received a residence permit in Russia for three years. In 2013, Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in the Russian Federation, which expired July 31, 2014-th. Snowden had a job, and it is by the laws of Russia was the basis for obtaining a residence permit.

Snowden left the United States and settled in Hong Kong in May 2013, after which he published information about the secret operations of US intelligence by spying on the Internet and listening to telephone conversations in different countries.

From June 23 to August 1, 2013 Snowden was forced in the transit zone of Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. He could not fly to Cuba due to the fact that his passport revoked the US authorities. on August 1 2013, Snowden received a document for temporary asylum to him and the same day left the airport.

Snowden Disclosure of classified material about the activities of the security services has caused international scandals. In particular, it became clear that the NSA tapped telephone conversations of 35 high-ranking officials of various countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the US, Snowden absentia charged with espionage and theft of government property.

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