MOSCOW, November 12 (RIA Novosti) – Fugitive former US security contractor Edward Snowden has spent nearly all his money on living expenses since he fled the United States in May, his lawyer said.
“The savings he had, he has almost entirely spent on food, rent, security and so on,” Anatoly Kucherena said in an interview published in the Russian government daily newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Tuesday.
The ex-National Security Agency contractor, who is now reportedly working for a major Russian website, has received financial support and other aid from “some organizations and enterprising citizens” since he left the United States, Kucherena said.
Kucherena said Snowden has never traded money for revealing government secrets.
The lawyer said that Snowden had a promising future working in IT in any country, but noted that he would lose refugee status if he left Russia.
Russia granted Snowden asylum for one year last summer, despite repeated demands from the United States for his extradition, after he leaked details of top-secret US government surveillance programs to the media.
Kucherena said last week that Snowden had started a new job maintaining a major Russian website at the beginning of this month, but refused to identify the company, citing concern for his client’s safety.