On Tuesday, Russia's Justice Ministry responded, indicated it was not swayed. According to Interfax, the ministry said its position had not changed and it has no plans to send Snowden back to the United States. The ministry also noted that it has no legal basis for taking action against Snowden because he remains on the international side of the airport, before passport control, and has technically not crossed into Russia.
In his interview with Russian television, Lon Snowden said he does not believe his son would receive a fair trial in the United States.
"I don't really have a high level of trust for our justice system," he told Rossiya24, drawing a comparison to the trial of fellow leaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who on Tuesday was found guilty of most counts against him in a military court for turning over a massive trove of military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks.
"He was subjected to inhumane conditions. He was stripped of his clothes, kept for 23 hours a day in solitary confinement, his glasses were removed. That was unacceptable," Lon Snowden said.
The elder Snowden also offered a direct message to his son.
"I hope to see you soon. But most of all I want you to be safe," he said.
"We love you," Lon Snowden added. "I want you to find safe haven."
He said he was "proud" of his son for leaking information about some of America's most sensitive spying programs, calling him "a principled young man."
"I see a need for change. What my son has revealed is of great concern to me and to many others," Lon Snowden said.