MOSCOW (TIP): US security leaker Edward Snowden is set to start a new job at a major Russian website, three months after the fugitive was given asylum in Russia, his lawyer said on October 31. “Edward Snowden will start working at a big Russian company tomorrow, November 1.
His job will be to support and develop a major Russian website,” lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Interfax news agency. Tantalizingly, Kucherena declined to give the name of the company, citing security concerns. Speculation over Snowden’s new employer centred on the Russian equivalent of Facebook, Vkontakte, whose charismatic founder Pavel Durov publicly offered Snowden a post in August. Its press secretary Georgy Lobushkin told RIA Novosti news agency he could not comment.
Two other major Russian internet companies, Mail.Ru Group and Yandex said they had not hired Snowden, RIA Novosti reported. Snowden received temporary asylum in Russia in August after exposing massive surveillance by the US National Security Agency. Since then he has been living in hiding. His lawyer has said in interviews that the fugitive is running short of money.
So far a supporters’ website has raised almost $49,000 in donations. Popular Russian website Life News published a photograph on Thursday apparently showing Snowden on a boat trip in central Moscow, without glasses and wearing a cloth cap. The website, which specializes in sensational scoops, said the photograph was taken in September and that it paid the $3,122 for the image sent via its smart phone app.
The same website earlier this month published a photograph of Snowden pushing a shopping trolley, later confirmed as authentic by his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The new photograph is much better quality and taken from a closer angle. It shows the landmark Moscow church of Christ the Saviour in the background and was taken on the Moscow river that flows past the Kremlin. Life News, which has close contacts with law enforcement officials, said the photograph “proves that the former US agent either lives permanently in Moscow or visits regularly.”