Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told the Interfax news agency that Snowden would not violate the conditions of his asylum if he talked to the Germans in the wiretapping case.
But Stroebele said Snowden had “significant reservations” about that idea, fearing that speaking to foreign officials on Russian soil could cause him problems.
Germany, along with many other nations, rejected an asylum request from Snowden earlier this year. In July, the Germans received a U.S. request for Snowden’s arrest should he be found in the country.
German federal prosecutors are looking into whether there are grounds to investigate the allegations regarding Merkel’s cellphone. Germany’s parliament is expected to discuss the NSA’s alleged spying on Nov. 18.
Stroebele was tightlipped about where he was taken to meet Snowden in Russia. He said he had “no contact with Russian authorities” other than a passport control officer and none with the German Embassy in Moscow.