A Day In The Life Of Edward Snowden: Under Guard, Secret Address, Learning Russian, And Heavily Disguised
If Obama's intention with the fast and furious series of geopolitical and domestic distractions over the past three months was to sideline Edward Snowden's revelations of the biggest spying scandal since Nixon, he appears to have largely succeeded: not only has America become largely numb to every successive iteration of shockers emerging from the most important whistleblowing episode in recent US history (and in fact can't wait to get even more in debt to purchase shiny, faux-gold fingerprint scanners), but the person behind these revelations, the 30 year old Snowden himself, has largely faded into the collective subconscious.
So what is the Russian asylum-seeker doing now that the fruits of his labor has been largely exposed and the US public is already eager for the next big watercooler scandal, popcorn in hand? As AFP reports, it is all but life as usual for the whistleblower: "US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is living under guard at a secret address in Russia and sometimes emerges in disguise, although he remains in such danger that even a family visit could endanger his security, his lawyer said Monday."
Follows a detailed update from AFP on the daily life of the most infamous US expat living somewhere in Russia:
Snowden has avoided all contact with media since arriving in Russia on a flight from Hong Kong in June and his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena has become his unofficial spokesman.
"I am his only link with the outside world at the moment. Even his contacts with his parents are carried out through me," Kucherena said in an interview published in Itogi weekly magazine. Kucherena gave few details of how Snowden occupies his time, but said he is able to go out in disguise.
"He would walk past you and you wouldn't recognise him," he told Itogi. "It's a question of clothes and small alternations to his appearance. So I'm not deceiving anyone: he really does walk freely around on the streets."
Snowden has also made quick progress in learning Russian, his lawyer said. "He is an extremely fast learner as far as the Russian language is concerned," Kucherena said in another interview that will air Monday on Kremlin-funded RT television. "He only needs a few hours or days to learn the ropes and start speaking," the lawyer said in comments dubbed into English.
While describing an isolated existence, Kucherena said Snowden did not regret his decision to give up his life in the United States. "He's not disappointed. He believes he did everything right," he told RT.
Kucherena, a high-profile lawyer who is an advisor to President Vladimir Putin, said he is working for free, as Snowden's personal money is running low.
Snowden's father is expected to come, at which stage "the question of his future activities will be discussed at a family council," Kucherena told RT. "I can't give you certain dates but soon he will come to Russia and meet with his son. There will be him and his mother and probably one of his grandparents."
He warned however that a family visit could threaten Snowden's safety, since US intelligence could use it to find his hideout. "Snowden's former colleagues could try to use the arrival of the parents to track down his location. I have definite information, which I can't reveal now, which suggests the danger level is very high," he told Itogi.
Not all is bad news, however. In addition to ex-spy Anna Chapman tweeting her marriage proposal to the whistleblower, it has been said women from all across Russia, and the world, are willing to do anything to see their name (and person) in lights next to the most infamous US law fugitive. However, somehow we doubt this is high on his list of priorities.
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