Father reveals: NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden could return to US
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Friday 28 June 2013
The father of the former National Security Agency Contractor Edward Snowden, who is believed to be hiding in the transit area of a Russian airport, has expressed his confidence that his son would return to the US under certain conditions.
Lonnie Snowden hasn’t spoken to his son since April but he told NBC News that he was confident that his son would return if the US agrees not to detain him before trial, not to subject him to a gagging order and let him choose the location of his trial. “He has betrayed his government. But I don’t believe that he has betrayed the people of the United States,” he said.
According to NBC, Mr Snowden was planning to send a letter to the Justice Department via his lawyer, communicating the conditions under which he thought his son might return to the US.
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