Snowden’s Father Declines To Comment On Son’s Case

Media organizations located the father and stepmother of the man who leaked information about National Security Agency surveillance programs, Edward Snowden, in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley region, according to the Allentown Morning Call.

Lonnie Snowden, 52, and Karen Snowden, 48, of Upper Macungie, Penn., told The Morning Call that they’ve been fending off media requests including ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The Snowdens told the newspaper that a public statement from the couple is forthcoming, although there would not be one Monday.

In an interview with The Guardian, ex-CIA employee Snowden said that his family had no knowledge of his plans to disclose top-secret information and that he feared for their safety going forward.

“The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won’t be able to help any more,” Snowden told The Guardian. “That’s what keeps me up at night.”

The Guardian article notes that Snowden was brought up in Elizabeth City, N.C., and that the family later moved near NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.

Update: The Morning Call has edited its original story to reflect that FBI agents have visited the Snowden home.

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