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article imageReport: Edward Snowden rebukes U.S. diplomats, declines meeting

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 31, 2013 in World
A story in a Russian newspaper today says that Edward Snowden has turned down a request from U.S. diplomats to meet with him in that country. He did so, the report said, in no uncertain terms.
Anatoly Kucherena, Mr. Snowden's Russian lawyer, claims that he was approached by U.S. diplomats asking to speak with his client. He said they sought his help to arrange a meeting.
“I passed on their request to Mr. Edward, but he turned it down,” he told the Kommersant, a Russian daily on Saturday. “He explained that the campaign against him unleashed by the U.S. State Department demonstrated its patently prejudiced attitude toward him and his defence of human rights.
"I conveyed his response to the diplomats,” Mr. Kucherena added.
The U.S. charged Mr. Snowden with espionage and theft of government property after he stole classified information on PRISM, a secret NSA surveillance program, and released it to newspapers, and the world. After secretly leaving the U.S. for Hong Kong the former CIA employee wound up hiding in a Moscow airport for a month before being granted one year's asylum in Russia.
His passport has been revoked and it is unclear what his next move will be. His lawyer said that won't be decided until Mr. Snowden's father visits from the U.S., which will take place soon, he said. Mr. Kucherena has not disclosed where in Russia his client is staying.
There's been no confirmation from the U.S. they sought a dialogue with Mr. Snowden and they have not responded to the story. Some citizens of his country consider Snowden a traitor, while others believe him to be a whistleblower of heroic proportions.
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