The father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has held an “emotional” meeting with his son for the first time since the fugitive took refuge in Russia to escape US justice, a report says.
Lon Snowden met his son after arriving in Moscow from the United States on Thursday, Interfax quoted an informed source as saying, without specifying the time or place of the meeting.
“The meeting has already taken place. It was very emotional,” the source told the agency on Friday, saying further details would not be given for security reasons.
Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena was not immediately available for comment.
Russia has granted Edward Snowden one year temporary asylum but the United States wants him to be extradited to face charges over his leaking of sensational details of US surveillance programs at home and abroad.
The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor spent over a month in transit at a Moscow airport before being granted asylum on August 1. Since then his whereabouts have been a mystery.
Earlier this week, a group of four retired US ex-intelligence workers who now seek to promote ethics within the profession handed Snowden an award in Moscow.
The Government Accountability Project said Snowden received the Sam Adams Award – a “symbolic candlestick” – at a ceremony in Moscow late on Wednesday.
Lon Snowden had told Russian state television in an interview shortly after arriving in Russia Thursday that he wanted to make sure his son was healthy in the meeting and discuss his future options.
He said he did not expect Edward Snowden to return to the United States and also warmly thanked the Russian authorities for giving sanctuary to his son.