The father of leaker Edward Snowden has said he believes his son would return to the US on certain conditions.
Lon Snowden asked for “ironclad assurances” his son’s rights would be protected in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.
He asked his son not be held before trial nor subjected to a gag order, and be able to choose where he was tried.
Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong and then disclosed key documents about the surveillance programs being conducted by the U.S.’s secretive National Security Agency to thwart terrorism.
Last weekend, Snowden flew to Russia and now is believed to be staying in a transit zone at a Moscow airport, while seeking asylum in Ecuador.
The elder Snowden said he did not believe his son had committed treason. But he acknowledged that he “has in fact broken U.S. law, in a sense that he has released classified information.”
The father said, “And if folks want to classify him as a traitor, in fact he has betrayed his government. But I don’t believe that he’s betrayed the people of the United States.”
(Source: BBC & VOA)