Huffpo: Edward Snowden Says Media Being Misled 'About My Situation'Submitted by SantaClauseIsComing on Thu, 08/15/2013 - 22:36
Huffington Post | August 15, 2013 8:26 pm EDT
Exclusive: Edward Snowden Says Media Being Misled 'About My Situation'
NEW YORK –- National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden wants to set the record straight after individuals associated with his father have, in his words, "misled" journalists into “printing false claims about my situation.”
In an emailed statement to The Huffington Post, Snowden said that neither his father Lon Snowden, his father’s lawyer Bruce Fein, nor Fein's wife and spokeswoman Mattie Fein “represent me in any way.”
“None of them have been or are involved in my current situation, and this will not change in the future,” Snowden said of his father and the Feins. “I ask journalists to understand that they do not possess any special knowledge regarding my situation or future plans, and not to exploit the tragic vacuum of my father's emotional compromise for the sake of tabloid news.”
Mattie Fein told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that Lon Snowden’s legal team doesn’t trust Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, the journalist at the center of the NSA story, or WikiLeaks, the anti-secrecy organization that has advised Snowden in Russia. Fein also claimed Greenwald was trying to shop around an exclusive interview with Snowden for seven figures. Greenwald told the Journal Fein's claim was "defamatory."
Snowden said he'd like to correct the record regarding legal advice he’s received.
Update: WSJ: Glenn Greenwald and other key players respond (Must search: Divisions Widen Among Snowden's Supporters to view article)
Also see: Wapo: NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds