Lon Snowden, NSA Leaker’s Father, Claims Russia Has Issued Him A Visa
“There are about 2,000 transit passengers in Guangzhou every day, counting only the statistics of China Southern Airlines. I think the annual total of transit passengers will be more than 1 million,” she said. Wide appeal The visa-free transit also appeals to business travelers. Fang Fang, director of Guangzhilu’s inbound tourism department, said that more business travelers have consulted the agency about the policy than tourists. “The 72-hour visa-free transit policy will directly benefit foreign businessmen coming to Guangzhou. For example, overseas buyers participating in the Canton Fair don’t need to apply for a visa,” said Fang. The majority using the new policy will be business travelers, if Beijing and Shanghai are anything to go by, according to Yang from the Guangzhou Tourism Bureau. “Apart from tourist attractions, we will promote trips to exhibitions and fairs for business travelers,” said Yang.
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“They have poisoned the well, so to speak, in terms of a potential jury pool,” said Lon Snowden, of Allentown, Pa. Edward Snowden roiled the United States intelligence agencies and upended US relations around the globe with his disclosures of highly classified programs that allow the United States to collect millions of pieces of data, including Americans’ phone records. The government has charged him with violations of the Espionage Act in federal court in Alexandria, Va. Fein said the family is willing to discuss conditions under which Edward Snowden might return to the United States and perhaps face criminal proceedings. Fein added that he plans to “suggest criminal defense attorneys who’ve got experience with criminal Espionage Act prosecutions” when he meets with Snowden. Edward Snowden’s whereabouts in Russia remain unknown.
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Snowden’s father gets visa, to leave for Russia soon
Lon Snowden told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday that he has not spoken to his son since the former National Security Agency contractor left the United States for service passports Hong Kong, just before news broke in June of the disclosures he made about the U.S. surveillance programs. On Sunday, the elder Snowden criticized the Obama administration’s handling of his son’s case and dismissed the president’s vow on Friday to improve oversight of surveillance, transparency and other efforts to restore public trust in the government’s programs. “I believe much of what he suggested is superficial,” Lon Snowden said on ABC. PUBLIC CRITICISM Snowden’s father added that he is “not open” to a plea deal that would allow his 30-year-old son to return to the United States. “The only deal will be true justice,” he said, repeating his concern that his son won’t be treated well because his right to a fair trial has been compromised by public criticism by U.S. officials. “When you consider many of the statements made by our leaders, leaders in Congress, they are absolutely irresponsible and inconsistent with our system of justice,” said Snowden.
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