While much in the press is focusing on the supposed squabble between Ed Snowden, his father and his father's lawyer
, Glenn Greenwald
points out the actual important news hidden as a random aside in some of the news reports: the ACLU is now coordinating Ed Snowden's legal defense in the US. The Huffington Post article, notes:
The Wall Street Journal reported that the ACLU is helping coordinate Snowden’s legal defense in the U.S.
The full WSJ article is behind a paywall, but it states:
The elder Mr. Snowden participated in the chat from the Washington, D.C., office of his attorney, Bruce Fein, and was connected to his son with the help of Ben Wizner, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, who is involved in coordinating Mr. Snowden's legal defense in the U.S.
As Greenwald notes, that's very good news. It also suggests that the claims that Snowden's legal efforts are somehow in the hands of Julian Assange are also not true.