Snowden: U.S. Officials ‘Want To Kill Me’
Snowden, a former NSA contractor, is wanted by U.S. authorities on treason charges for disclosing details of a vast intelligence operation that monitored millions of phone calls and emails across the world.
He received temporary asylum in Russia in August — a move that infuriated the United States and was a key factor behind President Barack Obama’s decision to cancel a summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin last year.
Kucherena told Russia’s state-run Vesti 24 news channel on Tuesday that Snowden is constantly accompanied by security guards and is considering additional security measures.
The lawyer added that he planned to ask U.S. authorities to look into the reported threats and possibly ask the media to identify their sources by name.
The German 30-minute interview will be broadcast Sunday at 2200 GMT, with initial extracts to be released during an earlier talk show at 2045 GMT.
On Thursday, in a question-and-answer session on the “Free Snowden” website, the fugitive ruled out returning to the United States, where he said there was no chance of a free trial.
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