A new photo of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has surfaced — it is the first photo released of Snowden since he left the Moscow airport.

Snowden emerged from hiding to receive the Sam Adams Associates Integrity in Intelligence Award. In the photo, the whistleblower appeared to be healthy and happy. He smiled as he stood next to Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks journalist who helped him get asylum in Russia.


At this time, the geographical location where Snowden received the award is unclear, but he was most likely in Moscow.

The Sam Adams Associates Integrity and Intelligence Award is given each year by a group of retired CIA officers. It is given to an individual who takes a stand against abuse of information gathering. Many of the award’s past recipients have been whistleblowers — in fact, the award itself is named after Vietnam whistleblower Samuel A. Adams. Wikileak’s Julian Assange received the award in 2010.

Four former US government officials met with Snowden on the day he received the award — they are the first Americans to have met with the whistleblower since he left the Moscow airport. They claim Snowden was in good spirits and did not regret the leaking of classified documents.

Former NSA official Thomas Drake was one of the four Americans who met Snowden. Drake said, “He spoke about going out and about and getting to understand Russia and its culture and the people. For his own safety it’s best that no one else knows where he actually lives. But I believe he is making the best of his circumstances and is living as normally as possible.”

Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department official, was also there. Radack said, “He spoke very openly about a whole range of things, a number of which I won’t get into here, but it certainly didn’t involve any kind of manipulation by the Russian government or anyone else for that matter.”

Snowden’s father, Lon Snowden, went to Russia to visit with Edward on the same day that the photo was released.

Lon thanked Russia and Putin for giving his son asylum. He also commented on his son’s current condition and future plans. He said to Russian media, “I’m not sure that my son will be returning to the U.S. again. He’s safe and he’s free, and that’s a good thing… I love my son.”

Lon said it was his understanding that his son had stopped leaking information, a condition of his asylum.

Some US government officials have said they believe Snowden was under the control of the Russian government. The whistleblower’s interactions with the four Americans seems to debunk this.

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  • RonWillison

    I find it really amazing just how much different todays world is from a perception standpoint. I grew up with the instilled threat the Big Red Communist Bear posed to the world. All the things I was taught were negatives like, Governmental snooping, Running roughshod over human rights, dignity and other abuses to the citizens on whole have now made 180 degree turn. The country I was taught to fear looks like the one I once lived in and vice versa. What a crying damn shame. Kristin you should know that the most telling bit of info in this piece is the statement about Mr. Snowden NOT releasing more damaging to the US information. Ever asked yourself why Mr. Putin made that a stipulation for Mr Snowdens right to stay there? There are a few video’s of Putin making that statement in press releases on that topic. In essence he said. “Mr. Snowden is welcome to stay in Russia provided he will stop releasing information harmful to our good partners in America. Thanks for the update Kristin. Good job. saintronmcg :)

    • Joe Eckstein

      Well, I suppose maybe, Putin is getting respect in Syria because Obama is such a fan of Marxism. Putin is a remnant of Marxism, and so he understands it better than Obama. The 180 flip is pretty accurate though. The Boston Red Sox have to win the world series to preserve cold war crapola. The Russians refused to help us with the rogues, we’ll show them and make Boston Strong! Idiots…

      • damen

        Are you both out of your minds? I’m not sure if you’ve been paying attention the last 13 years, but Putin’s Russia is not hardly “free”. The 180 flip is pretty accurate? You’ve let the RT worldview completely shape your own. Congrats. Their English propaganda channel has succeeded and you are now the useful, clueless idiots who now manage to view EVERYTHING the US does as bad and EVERYTHING Russia does as good. They’ve won. The Russian Fox News shouldn’t be so influential on Americans – especially seeing as how it was deliberately created and funded by the Russian government to influence and correct American and international opinion – but it’s easy for people who want something different from the American media, but don’t actually know any better. The world is more complex than this my friends.

        Also – Putin is informed by Sovietism and Tsarism, he’s not a Marxist. He never was. You should read Marx before you start talking about what it is and who is a “remnant” of it. I think you’d be surprised. Putin is a former KGB agent and was also the director of the FSB – the KGB’s successor – just before coming into power. This man has blood on his hands. Journalists, opposition figures, gov’t officials, former FSB officers, are dead because of him. And that’s not saying the US has clean hands at all – it doesn’t, but frame your statements based on reality.

        Putin has wrongly acquired BILLIONS of dollars from Russian industries that he literally took over through the FSB and Russian mafia bossism. Just because he gave temporary asylum to Snowden doesn’t mean he’s an angel and Russia is free and Jeffersonian democracy is flourishing in the Motherland. That’s bullshit. Putin doesn’t like the US. He doesn’t like you, either. Frankly I don’t blame him.

        The dude’s a fucker and if you really can’t see that, then you are willingly blind and susceptible to believe anything that contradicts popular US opinion on the simple premise that these days – US=BAD, RUSSIA=GOOD.

        • RonWillison

          That would be a great rant if you had mentioned our US media’s lack of attention being paid to Palestine. There is plenty of blame and fault to go around. Furthermore I know people that have never seen RT news that are sharp enough to pick up on the fact that our country is now guilty of every crime that we as Americans were taught to believe were worth going off to war in far off lands to prevent from happening here. Remember the Domino Theory. Its alive and well. Except for a Iran, Whats left of Syria and a few impotent country’s in S. America and Africa.

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            Russia is doing everything they can to help Syria kill 100,000 of their citizens because they want to vote. They are trying to outlaw homosexuals. Putin controls the media and arrests opposing political leaders on fake charges. Journalists are regularly murdered in Russia for criticizing the government. Corruption and poverty are rampant. Putin locks teenage girls in prison for making fun of him. Your stupidity is astounding and evil.

          • damen

            We were talking about the Russian and American governments. To randomly bring up Palestine and the lack of US media coverage of it just completely obfuscates the argument being made. That’s a completely separate discussion. Don’t act like Russia is perfect and free, it’s not. As I also stated, the US doesn’t have clean hands either, but let’s look at the problems objectively rather than be manipulated into seeing things from a pro-dictatorship point of view.

          • RonWillison

            Russian and American government wouldn’t be in the condition they are if our media felt more obligated to report on root cause issues that if honestly reported on would most likely have brought us to a different place in time and negated the reason for this very conversation.
            Like it or not and put down RT all you want. In the end. Had our newscasters not been in bed with both of our governments. The American people for one would not have allowed the continued support of Every govt. since David Ben Gurian to Netayahu where the 20 to 1 kill ratio has been exacted for those who were not invited to the conversation at the UN that took be decree the lands they had been living on for thousands of years prior to 1948 and the Partition. For 65 years America has VETOED every sanction aimed at correcting Israel’s behaviour in that regard. Which means that We The unsuspecting People have by our neglect and our News Media’s compliance to lobby and government commands. Have the deaths of just about every person in that part of the world on our shoulders. What would the world look like today. If that had not been the case? While RT is Pro-Russia and in many ways as culpable as our media. They are a very recent player on the scene. People who go their for info are those who understand the real underbelly of the beast and are also in tune enough to be able to discard the chaff and retain the grain. That said I find your attempt at removing my injection of Palestine from the mix self serving

        • LibertyMonger

          WOW you are a lemming.

        • RonWillison

          You made some assumptions that in my case are in error. I’m an equal opportunity basher. When all is said and done. Russia, China, The EU, The US All the Nord.* countries And every other western oriented country that is monetarily connected to The Federal Reserve Banking Cartel are ALL on the same page. Their ruling class get handed the scripts for the role they have to play in the One World Government Agenda that I was not invited to the conversation about. Some of these back stabbing traitors deserve Academy Awards for the acting jobs they perform. Any person who has deluded themselves into thinking that anything good can emerge from something created with deception, guile, lies, mass death and destruction used as the ingredients for the foundations mortar, has never read a history book where socialism is the topic.

      • Matt Owens

        the rogues?

        • Joe Eckstein

          Well, the first World Series they won, they were idiots.

          • Matt Owens


    • Johnney Appleseed

      Ron I just want to say your awesome. I see your posts on here and you think like I do and your obviously educated. The establishment’s worst fear is that more intelligent freedom loving people wake up and start voting. Like I posted in the other article about Snowden on here we need this man cleared of any wrong doing, and we need him to run for president. The CIA inserted clowns we have had since Reagan are not helping at all. I realize there will always be ignorant people like DR. J and they have a right to their opinion. But by making a fool of himself on these forums and getting owned the way he has only helps the cause. And heck, maybe someday he will learn, if he can ever get out of the name calling phase.

  • Damen

    “Some US government officials have said they believe Snowden was under the control of the Russian government. The whistleblower’s interactions with the four Americans seems to debunk this.”

    In what way does this debunk anything? There is no causation nor correlation between those two facts. He met with 4 former intelligence workers who are antagonistic towards the CIA and they gave him an award. That says literally nothing about whether he’s given anything to the Russian gov’t or if they’ve compromised him in any way. Personally, I don’t think he has knowingly, but that’s nothing more than an opinion. I’m pro-Snowden, but that above claim is poorly written and thought out for a journalist to actually print and not get called out on it. You’d get an F in Philosophy 101 for writing that and handing it in.

    • Curtis Schneider

      You’re exactly right. This site has an opportunity to be great….if the articles aren’t slanted and poorly written. That one thing you pointed out is a huge red flag.

    • Joseph L Parker

      That’s why the author of this article said, “seems” to debunk this. He did not say it was or is debunked.

      • damen

        That’s contradictory. If the words I expressed in my comment are the reasons she said “seems,” then as a journalist she shouldn’t have created a correlation at all. That’s my whole point. It doesn’t “seem” to debunk anything because the two facts aren’t related.

        • Sam

          He was relaxed and seemed healthy not distressed. That was the debunking in her opinion.

          • LibertyMonger

            Jesselyn Radack, a former Justice Department official, was also there.
            Radack said, “He spoke very openly about a whole range of things, a
            number of which I won’t get into here, but it certainly didn’t involve
            any kind of manipulation by the Russian government or anyone else for
            that matter.”

    • JK474

      All I know for certain is that our politicians definitely want Snowden to be under the control of the U.S. government.

      • Damen

        Very true.

  • jbo5112

    Sad commentary on the US:
    He won’t be returning to the US because in Russia he’s safe and free.

    O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    • PatrickHenry1789
      • RonWillison

        They got it right in this video PatrickHenry. Dr. J. and many others around America for whatever reasons. Just refuse to wrap their brains around the notion that our once great nation has been hijacked.

    • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

      Read a newspaper doofus. Russia is great if you like murderous dictators and gay bashing. Whatever you think about Snowden you are an idiot if you think Russia is some shining example of freedom. They are helping kill over 100,000 people in Syria. Your ignorance is evil.

      • k1313

        Read the article, doofus. He’s making a joke about how poor this makes America look relating to the article.

      • Michael Lopez

        It wouldn’t have went to trial he would have went straight to jail for treason espionage etc and tortured to find out what was leaked and to whom. Unlike manning who was a Vet he was just a worker. Him escaping makes this a MUCH bigger story and unlike manning, who everyone will loose interest on and is most likely never allowed near a computer legally again, he’s on the outside where (not saying he’s the good guy here) he can still do good and comment directly on current issues himself. Bravery is a stupid notion in this topic. I may not like the way Russia is being run but at the moment we’re heading towards a totalitarian state of these behind the scene unelected politicians get their way.

        • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

          Once again you are nothing but a paranoid lunatic who doesn’t have even a basic understanding of the United States. Chelsea Manning was screwed over by wikileaks when they released his leaks before Manning could quit the military. The US military has a much different legal system than civilians. Private citizens have more rights, not less. Your paranoid lunatic fantasies about the United States heading towards totalitarianism is not backed up by reality. Russia is already a dictatorship and right now Snowden is aiding them against a democracy. Snowden hiding behind a murderous dictator like Putin makes him easy to dismiss and that is why his only supporters are paranoid lunatics like you.

          • inopungbish

            “Private citizens have more rights”… you my friend are the delusional one.

          • RonWillison

            The amount of times you use the word democracy tells me you spend too much time watching reruns of Netanyahu’s stumping for war with Iran speeches.

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            So you are nothing but a dumb troll then huh. Just keep up your childish paranoid fantasies and nobody will listen to you old man.

      • RonWillison

        Go tell that to Bradley Manning. Look what whistle blower protection laws did for him. Russia like the US is a mess. Nobody deny’s that. If Mr. Snowden had stayed in the US. Our Media by government order would have had him convicted of being Osama bin Laden’s top advisor before 911 even happened. Or at least the biblical Beast. If he had gone through the established procedure’s he would have been disappeared before one word made it to the press. Too young for a heart attack. Suicide with a note more likely would have been his end. I( guess you didn’t get the memo on the S. American president whose plane ride back to his home country got interrupted because somebody was that pressed to get their hands on Mr. Snowden.

        • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

          Well you stick with your paranoid fantasies that have no basis in reality. All I can see is what happened and look what Snowden is left with for supporters. A paranoid lunatic like you babbling nonsensically about “the biblical Beast.” Do you realize how stupid you sound when you accuse a democracy like the United States of murdering people without proof? The United States has had no shortage of whistle blowers that have made them look bad. None of them have ended up murdered. Russia is the country that murders journalists and opposition political leaders not the United States. Seriously do you even read what you type? The UK stopped the plane of the President of Bolivia so therefore that means the United States would have killed a world famous leaker who already leaked all the information he had? You are a paranoid lunatic and people like you are why no takes Snowden seriously.

          • RonWillison

            You are the one living in never never land pal.

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            Everything you typed is a made up fantasy in your head.

          • muricanpicker

            Our government would NEVER do anything like that!… Unless we say something stupid over the phone.

          • Patriot from the nanny state

            TROLL GO HOME!

          • inopungbish

            And that would be the alternate name for “up his #$#”.

          • RonWillison
      • ax123man

        sibel edmonds
        bradley manning
        Gregory Hicks
        Catherine Austin Fitts
        John Kiriakou
        Thomas Drake
        William Binney
        J. Kirk Wiebe
        Edward Loomis

        Didn’t work out that we’ll for them. Those in charge have power over others, egos and thin skin. In Washington, you go along, don’t make waves, status quo, etc. The odds of a fair trial are near zero.

        Bravery is a means to an end. Otherwise it’s just ego. So you think manning had more of a positive impact because he stood trial? I don’t see it.

        This is all going on while those who steal billions from this country go unpunished, those who choose to partake in a substance less dangerous than alcohol or pharmaceuticals sit in jail. The rule of law is being systematically destroyed. The frogs are boiling and the court system you apparently trust is IN the pot. It’s time to get OUT of the pot!

        • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

          Move to Russia then and see how free you feel. If you think we are less free now you are ignorant of reality and history.

          • Ax123man

            “Less free now”

            What does that even mean? I can only guess that you meant “in the past” but if you want to debate someone, you really should use concrete arguments.

            And, yes, we are much less free now than we were when this country was formed. This is something I spend a great deal of time studying, and it really is incontrovertible.

            Solutions? Like the ones you proposed?

            My solution is simple. Let men and women be free to do what they are capable of. Stop treating them like children. Gut the federal government. We don’t need 75% of it.

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            You spend your entire time studying freedom now vs. freedom when the country was formed and yet you think we are less free now. Well wait until you find out about how black people, women, and non property owning whites were treated you buffon. I mean seriously you must be the stupidest student ever to say something like that. Watching Fox News and Glen Beck doesn’t count as studying idiot.

          • inopungbish

            So are you saying we are becoming more free or less free? I think he was talking about general freedoms, not freedoms for individual segments. It would be stupid to celebrate freedom for “blacks, women and non-property owning whites” when freedoms for all segments are generally being eroded. If you don’t see that happening, then pull your head out of your arse. The NDAA puts the U.S. on the same level as any other totalitarian regime (Russia, China, etc.) Also being killed slowly is no different than being killed quickly. In the end, both ways kill you.

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            lol general freedoms huh? They owned human beings as property. Can you get less free than that? How would you like to have seen your child sold away from you thanks to the government designed by our founding fathers. You people are insanely stupid.

          • Bob Pegram

            “You type 4 paragraphs and all you do is whine and complain. I don’t hear anything close to a solution or reasonable thought from you people.”
            Sounds like you are looking in a mirror.

      • inopungbish

        You obviously are uninformed. Have you not heard of the Patriot Act and the NDAA? They could have held him indefinitely and without trial. Didn’t you see the MSM stories about how congressmen were calling for his extradition because his leaks aided terrorists? That right there tells you their intentions. And what makes you think the MSM would have reported anything other than what the administration wants them to? His arrest would have been brushed under the rug and made trivial. The low information public would have forgotten all about it and gone back to American Idol, or Biggest loser.

        • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

          Everything you are stating is just a fantasy you are having. You don’t know what would have happened at all. The reality is Snowden is hiding in Russia with a dictator telling the United States to be more free. No one wants to hear that crap from Russia which makes it very easy to dismiss for most people. Snowden’s cowardice has taken a major story and made sure he was the story. Heroes like MLK Jr., Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro, and Ghandi went to prison for their beliefs. It exposes the corruption of the system and forces change. Cowards hide in Russia.

          • crazynuck

            >Fidel Castro
            HAHAHAHA OH WOW

          • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

            Fidel Castro is a political hero to the people of Cuba. He went to prison to fight for his political beliefs. Even if you don’t agree with him you can’t deny the fact of what I said. Read a history book you stupid freak.

          • Bob Pegram

            I bet those Cubans sure love the police state they live in! (sarcasm)

          • Dr. J

            You are a stupid brainwashed old fool. Pathetic.

          • inopungbish

            Wow. Talk about good drugs. You should share. The Patriot Act and NDAA are facts in record. Even the propaganda machines like MSNBC and CNN have acknowledged the fascist provisions of those pieces of legislation. I can’t believe you lumped Castro in with Ghandi, MLK and Mandela. Talk about “one of these things is not like the others.” According to your logic, Hitler is a hero too. I suppose you think the Dali Bama is a vehicle for “hope and change”. What’s your address? I’d like to mail you a quarter so you can buy a clue.

  • F Plang

    Someone told me he’s trying to get a sex change. BS?

    • An Vu

      You’re thinking of Bradley (Chelsea) Manning.

  • http://mediaispropaganda.com/ sammscript

    If you’re going to show the picture, then it would be nice to have the names of the people giving Snowden the award.
    MOSCOW, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 09: Edward Snowden (3rd R) receives the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence Award (SAAII) alongside UK WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison (2nd R) who took Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow and obtained his asylum and the United States government whistleblowers who presented the award (L-R) Coleen Rowley (FBI), Thomas Drake (NSA), Jesselyn Raddack (DoJ) and Ray McGovern (CIA)

    • guy

      get on them theyll learn! Keep going guys you’ll beat out the big leagues in no time. just a little rusty.

  • Hartyhar

    If I were Snowden, I would not keep that award near me. Might be a homing device in there.


    I wonder if there is a GPS tracking system on that trophy?

    • Joe Eckstein

      Maybe there’s a carrier pidgeon in it?

  • Chickensalad

    I would like to point out the haste in which he was dressed.
    you can clearly see his jacket is way too large for him. it tells me that this photo op was thrown together in a hurry. im sure there is way more to snowdens current living conditions.

    • Woody

      Good observation on his jacket size… it does make you wonder..

    • brentwilliams2

      Seriously? Maybe he didn’t have a nice jacket and was borrowing one, since he may not have the opportunity to go out shopping for one. If his dad had the ability to get all the way to Russia without problems, I doubt it was “thrown together in a hurry”. Geez, shall we analyze his hairstyle next?

      • Triple

        Chickensalad probably watches CNN, and has learned how to be a journalist from them.

    • inopungbish

      Not everyone is a raging metrosexual who worries about tailoring their suit to the “perfect” cut. Most of the IT geeks I work with wear suits that are off the rack and way too big for them. And these are skinny and “robust” guys.

  • Chickensalad

    and now im wondering why my comment says it was 20 days ago when i clearly just posted on 10-11-13 around 345am



  • UppityBlackWoman

    Assange, Manning, Snowden – they’re paying the price for American ignorance over how much freedom we’ve lost.

  • http://georgedonnelly.com/ George Donnelly

    Wikileaks’ not Wikileak’s.

  • Alberto

    All Snowden articles including this one deal with Snowden’s personal issues and not what information he posses’. Just another dose of Huffington Post urinalism. All fluff and no fact.

    • http://twitter.com/MicheleBach666 Dr. J

      Snowden supporters don’t care about facts or substance. They just need a format to talk about how awesome Russia is and how the world is controlled by a big secret conspiracy.

      • RonWillison

        You and your bosses would like people to believe that. The fact is. Everyday. More and more people are realising that they have been betrayed by our press and 24 hour news media. And that is just plain scary to those of you clinging to the status quo two party as one made for TV bi-annual election show presented for our mass distraction that has been taking place since 1913 and the creation of the fraud called the Federal Reserve Banking System of Government. Too late to close the barn door. The horse has already escaped.

        • unbelievable

          It seems that DR J is a leftie-antagonizer. Or a paid troll. Or both. Our he’s a welfare bum with nothing better to do. Click on his name. Over 3000 comments. All of them coming from someone whom –if their comments reflect their beliefs– does not belong in this site. Go to cnn.com dr.j

    • jason12321

      I think it is assumed that readers know his story and why he has those “personal issues”. Too many people seem to expect that the entire history of a story is told any time a part of it is told.

  • jason12321

    We’ll make sure it’s safe for him to come back if he decides to.

  • jason

    Anyone who thinks Snowden is a traitor is probably a communist.

  • Mona Lidji Fishman

    I wrote this on his behalf, and included Ben Swann and Ron Paul in the song :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRurXwXPCr4&index=18&list=PL3E133641CED0DC82