FAST FIVE: US Tells Snowden Return Home To "Face Justice" Or Risk Conscription In Russian Army
“Mr Snowden should return to the United States where he should face justice as any other American citizen would,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said Monday.
But Price followed with a claim that's being disputed by Snowden's legal defense team. “Perhaps the only thing that has changed, is that as a result of his Russian citizenship, apparently now he may well be conscripted to fight in Russia's war in Ukraine,” he said.
In response, Snowden's lawyer was quoted in Russia's Sputnik as saying since Snowden never served in the Russian army, he will not be impacted by the 'partial mobilization' – which applies to reservists, though there have been conflicting reports of instances of draft notices being sent out to Russian young men: “He did not serve in the Russian army, therefore, according to our current legislation, he does not fall into this category of citizens, which is now called up.
After two years of waiting and nearly ten years of exile, a little stability will make a difference for my family.
https://t.co/24NUK21TAo pic.twitter.com/qLfp47uzZ4 – Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 26, 2022 In a statement posted to Twitter, Snowden said he had applied for and obtained dual citizenship on fears that he could be separated from his son without Russian citizenship.