Meet Edward Snowden’s new friend: Rick the dog

Meet Edward Snowden’s new friend: Rick the dog
US whistleblower Edward Snowden has not only been reunited with his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, but has also got a new furry friend to make Russia a cozier place, a new photo reveals.

The photo, taken this fall in Russia, shows a happy-looking Snowden giving a hearty hug to a timid dog of uncertain breed. The NSA ex-contractor’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, showed the photo to Rossiya 24 TV channel, and said the dog is called Rick.

Snowden, who first asked for a temporary residence permit in Russia in summer 2013, has been living what appears to be a quiet, ordinary life in the Russian capital. This July he also managed to be reunited with Mills, the “Citizenfour” documentary about him has revealed.

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Earlier this month, Snowden also met with Hollywood film director Oliver Stone, who is filming a movie about the whistleblower, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The script is "based on the Guardian newspaper book and Anatoly's [Kucherena] fictional story on Snowden… in Russia, it's called 'Time of the Octopus'... other sources… include all the interviews and newspaper articles," Stone told the RIA-Novosti news agency.

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In the US, Snowden faces several charges, including espionage and theft of government property, which could see him facing up to 30 years in prison if he returns home.