MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier, social media picked up on Snowden's Friday Tweet containing a cryptic 64-character code, prompting speculation on whether he is dead or disappeared with the code being triggered after he failed to log in after a certain period of time. On Sunday, journalist and Snowden's close associate Glenn Greenwald said in his Twitter that the whistleblower is fine. Snowden's original message appears to have been deleted from his Twitter account.
"Again, we are seeing certain speculations about Edward Snowden. Of course, there probably are people interested in speculating on this matter who have been doing this for the last several years. I can authoritatively say that he is alive and well, he is living in Russia and is busy with his favorite work, and the appearance of certain codes in his Twitter does not mean that he is in danger of some sort. This is an attribute of his work and there is nothing bad about it," Kucherena told RIA Novosti.
In the United States, Snowden faces up to 30 years in prison on charges of espionage and theft of government property.
Kucherena has represented Snowden since 2013, continuing to do so without charge.