WikiLeaks manipulating Snowden: Father

2013-06-28 22:33
Journalists show passengers arriving from Hong Kong a tablet with a photo of Edward Snowden. (File, AP)

Journalists show passengers arriving from Hong Kong a tablet with a photo of Edward Snowden. (File, AP)

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Washington — The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden acknowledges his son broke the law but doesn't think he committed treason, adding that he believed his son was being manipulated.

The NBC Today show reported on Friday that Lonnie Snowden is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying he believes his son would voluntarily return to the United States if the Justice Department promises not to hold him prior to trial and not subject him to a gag order.

The elder Snowden hasn't spoken to his son since April but says he believes he's being manipulated by people at the WikiLeaks website.

Lonnie Snowden tells NBC his son broke the law in releasing classified information, but says he didn't betray the people of the United States.

Edward Snowden, who fled to Russia, is charged with violating US espionage laws.

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