Whistle blower Edward Snowden has stated that he would come back to the US to face trial if he could be guaranteed a fair trial. The comments came during a recent video interview, with Snowden streaming in from Russia where he has been holed up for several years while the United States has been seeking to bring him back for trial. According to The Blaze:
Speaking via Skype from Russia, Edward Snowden tells an audience of supporters in New Hampshire that he is willing to be extradited to the United States if the federal government could guarantee he would get a fair trial.
The former National Security Agency contractor in 2013 leaked details of a secret government eavesdropping program and left the country. He faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years.
Snowden spoke Saturday at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, heavily attended by libertarians. He has previously spoken of making offers to the government to return home and even go to jail.
Saturday he said he asked for a guarantee of a fair trial where he can make “a public interest defense” then have jurors decide his case.
It’s highly unlikely that the US government would negotiate with Snowden about returning to the US. Among many neoconservatives and intelligence operatives, he is a traitor and should be tried for treason.
To others, the whistleblower is a hero and patriot who has exposed the draconian measures the US has undertaken to spy on its citizens – and many people around the world.
One thing is likely, Edward Snowden will remain in Russia for the foreseeable future.
What do you think of Snowden’s condition? Do you think it’s possible? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.