Neither Lon Snowden nor his attorney Bruce Fein has spoken directly with the former NSA analyst since he fled the United States and received asylum in Russia, they said. (Agencies)
But Snowden senior and his lawyer also said that they are looking forward to meet Edward Snowden to consider options for the details leaker to return to the United States at some point.
"As a father, I want my son to come home if I believe that the justice system ... is going to be applied correctly," Lon Snowden said.
But the elder Snowden is not convinced his son would get a fair hearing in court, given what he called ‘absolutely irresponsible’ descriptions of his son's actions from President Barack Obama, his administration and top lawmakers from both parties.
"They have poisoned the well, so to speak, in terms of a potential jury pool," said Lon Snowden, of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
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 Edward Snowden with violations of the Espionage Act in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia.
Fein said that 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 Snowden.
Edward Snowden's whereabouts in Russia remain unknown and the timing of Lon Snowden is uncertain as both declined to elaborate.
Last week, Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer said that he had sent Lon Snowden the required invitation to visit the country, a step toward securing a travel visa. Anatoly Kucherena said
he hoped a visit would happen in the coming days. Fein said the trip would happen ‘very soon.’
Russia's decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum angered the US government and scuttled Obama's plans for an one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Moscow next month.
Neither Lon Snowden nor his attorney Bruce Fein has spoken directly with the former NSA analyst since he fled the United States and received asylum in Russia, they said.