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Snowden: Media has been 'misled' about my situation

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defense contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.
NSA leaker Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defense contractor, is seen in this still image taken from video during an interview by The Guardian in his hotel room in Hong Kong, June 6, 2013.The Guardian / Reuters file

Fugitive National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said in a statement to The Huffington Post Thursday that media organizations have been misled about his situation by people associated with his father.

"It has come to my attention that news organizations seeking information regarding my current situation have, due to the difficulty in contacting me directly, been misled by individuals associated with my father into printing false claims about my situation," Snowden's statement read. 

His father, Lon Snowden, recently received a Russian visa and plans to travel there to see his son "very soon," the family's lawyer said on Sunday. Lon Snowden told Reuters he has not spoken with his son since he left the United States for Hong Kong in June.

A spokeswoman for Lon Snowden's legal team told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that they don't trust WikiLeaks or Glenn Greenwald, the columnist who worked with the younger Snowden to break the story.

In the statement he released Thursday, Edward Snowden said he is legally represented by "an international team of some of the finest lawyers in the world" — and not by his father or his family's attorney.

"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," his statement read.

Snowden, 30, was stranded at a Moscow airport for more than five weeks before Russia granted him a year's asylum on Aug. 1.

He has been charged with espionage by the United States and his passport was revoked after leaks about the NSA's pervasive spying methods upset U.S. citizens, allies and foes alike.