MOSCOW - The father of Edward Snowden arrived in Moscow Thursday, hoping to meet his son for the first time since the former US intelligence contractor became a fugitive after leaking sensational details of US covert surveillance.
Lon Snowden arrived in Moscow on an early flight from New York, speaking to reporters at Sheremetyevo airport where his son had spent more than a month in transit limbo before Russia agreed to grant him temporary asylum in August.
In an apparently carefully-organised itinerary, he swiftly appeared on the state television channel Rossiya 24, looking tired and still wearing his airplane outfit of sweat pants and fleece jacket.
In comments heavily dubbed into Russian from English, he admitted he still didn't know where his 30-year-old son was staying.
Edward Snowden's whereabouts have been a mystery ever since he was given asylum.
"It's really inappropriate for me to go into detail" of plans for meeting Edward Snowden, his father said.
He said his plans in Russia will depend on Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, who is hosting the father as his "guest".
"I'm here to learn more about my son's situation," he told journalists at the airport. "My hope is to learn more about his circumstances and his health and to discuss legal options."
"If the opportunity presents itself, I certainly hope that I have the opportunity to see my son," Lon Snowden said in televised remarks.
He was met at the airport by Kucherena, a pro-Kremlin public figure with ties to Russia's security agencies, who has been the public's only source of information about Snowden's life in the past months and said that he met the fugitive leaker Wednesday.