“Russian intelligence and counter-intelligence will have a lot to ask such a well-informed person. I have no doubt that this will be done,” a Russian special services veteran told the Interfax news agency on Sunday on condition of anonymity.
“I am sure that Snowden will have had a busy evening and a sleepless night,” the source added of the American’s reported stayover Sunday night in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after landing from Hong Kong.
“Snowden presents a lot of interest for the FSB (security service). He can give information on technical aspects of intercepting data,” said Russian security expert and commentator for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper Pavel Felgenhauer.
“A debriefing in the presence of technical specialists takes a lot of time,” Felgenhauer told AFP
“They can’t get it in one short conversation, as they usually debrief defectors. He was not a special services operative, he cannot talk about their methods. He can give what he recorded,” security services expert Irina Borogan of Agentura.ru website told AFP.