Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower, gets job offer


First Posted: 07/12/13 EDT Updated: 08/02/13 EDT

Just hours after the infamous NSA leaker was granted asylum in Russia, he was offered a job at a Russian social networking site, according to Reuters. New photos appeared on Twitter of Edward Snowden leaving Sheremetyevo Airport on Thursday.

Snowden, who was issued a 12-month residence permit for Russia, is allowed to legally work in the country and was offered a job on the "all-star security team" of the Russian equivalent of Facebook by its founder Pavel Durov, reports RT.com.

Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said that an official invitation for the leaker's father, Lon Snowden, to come to Russia is being finalized, adding that the 30-year-old also misses his pole-dancing girlfriend Lindsay Mills. For the full story, click here.

Moscow refused requests from Washington to return Snowden after the leaker divulged classified information on US surveillance programs. Russia instead handed the 30-year-old refugee documents on Thursday after he was stuck in an airport transit zone for more than a month, leading the White House to say that they are "extremely disappointed," according to the Associated Press.

The White House is now reevaluating whether President Obama will attend a summit in St. Petersburg, Russia in September as was planned. For the full story, click here.

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