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Snowden may return if conditions met: Dad

2013-06-28 14:06

Washington - The father of former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview he is reasonably confident his son will return to the United States as long as certain conditions are met.

Those conditions could include not detaining Snowden before trial, NBC News said on Friday. The NBC report added that he plans to make that point in a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder to be sent through his lawyer later on Friday.

Snowden's father, in part of the NBC interview that aired on the Today Show, also said he is concerned his son was being manipulated by others, including people from WikiLeaks.

Snowden fled the United States to Hong Kong in May, a few weeks before publication in the Guardian and the Washington Post of details he provided about secret US government surveillance of internet and phone traffic.

Comments
  • Derrick Chong - 2013-06-28 15:08

    Traitors have NO rights !

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-28 15:43

    He is a traitor to his homeland and needs to pay the ultimate price. I hope the US terminate the little scumbag wherever he is without waiting for all the 'legal routes' to materialise. He is a cyber terrorist and needs to dealt with the same way.

      Nettie Potgieter - 2013-06-28 17:32

      What I can not understand is people in SA bubble standards. A criminal like Snowden is made a hero yet they complain about the high rate of corruption and the lack of police protection because we have no systems in place for collecting intelligence. If another terrorist attack take place in America or any other place then they complain about the stupid security forces that did not know about it before hand. Eish!!!

  • Doreen Bukelwa - 2013-06-28 16:29

    He is not traitor. A traitor sells information to his countries enemies for personal gain, information that can put his countrymen in danger. Snowden took no money and caused no danger to his fellow Americans, only embarrassment to the current government. Think carefully about what he ACTUALLY did, not what you think he did or the spindoctors take on it. He sold no information, no names, no blueprints, nothing of that sort. What he GAVE was only information of what his own government is doing to his own people and others. He is a hero, because he risks severe personal loss for no gain at all. I wish there were more like him.

      markt - 2013-06-28 16:56

      Well said.

      Nettie Potgieter - 2013-06-28 17:20

      No, any body leaking information of this kind is a traitor and is a potential risk. All countries collect information one way or another to protect their citizens. If you have nothing criminal to hide, why worry if somebody look at your fB or what ever. They are only looking for criminal activities.

      Craig King - 2013-06-28 18:26

      Dude reduced America's ability to defend itself. That he wasn't paid is immaterial, he was acting for ideological reasons which are probably worse. Hatred of your own country and its people is despicable.

      Rocco DeWet - 2013-06-28 22:54

      The personal gain here is celebrity status. However, diminishing your country's ability to defend itself is not just a reality show. It is real.

  • Jacques Kleinhans - 2013-06-28 17:02

    The US probably hung his dad onto their puppet-ropes. Or whatever. That's how things happen thesedays.

  • Alan North - 2013-06-29 09:22

    He is no traitor. Read the American constitution it defines a traitor. Article 111 sec.3 {bringing aid and comfort to the enemy two witnesses required} He broke the law.

      Gwilym John Howes - 2013-06-29 15:11

      Of course he is traitor. Stop hiding in the clauses and think clearly for a change!

  • Alan North - 2013-06-29 23:00

    Read the US constitution under our law he is not a traitor. Are you one of those know everything to tell me to think clearly and submit to the BS. that comes out of your cake hole.

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