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Snowden father in 'emotional' meeting with son

Rossiya 24 television grab on October 10, 2013, shows Lon Snowden (R), father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, speaking on arrival at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, with Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena (2nd R)
Lon Snowden (R), the father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, speaks with television channel Rossiya 24 upon his arrival in at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport on October 10, 2013

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 said Friday.

Lon Snowden met his son after arriving in Moscow from the United States on Thursday, a source familiar with the situation told the Interfax news agency, without specifying the time or place of the meeting.

"The meeting has already taken place. It was very emotional," the source told the agency, saying further details would not be given for security reasons.

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 programmes.

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor spent over a month in transit at a Moscow airport before being granted asylum. Since then his whereabouts have been a mystery.

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