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Edward Snowden Not A Traitor, Dad Says

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Edward Snowden’s dad Lonnie Snowden appeared this morning on Today, saying his son is not a traitor, but admitting he may have broken laws in releasing classified information.

The elder Snowden has given interviews before begging Edward to return to the US after the NSA leaks controversy broke, and as Ecuador offered safe passage to the 29-year-old contractor, Lonnie Snowden spoke to NBC’s Michael Isikoff about claims his son betrayed his country.

Snowden said Edward may have crossed the government, but not the citizens in his estimation:

“At this point I don’t feel that he’s committed treason. He has in fact broken U.S. law, in a sense that he has released classified information… 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. ”

While the elder Snowden has worried about his son’s general safety, he also appears to be concerned about the advice Edward is getting from fellow and more seasoned leakers.

Wikileaks has been a strong and vocal supporter of Edward Snowden as reports have emerged suggesting he harmed US counterterrorism efforts, and his father worries that the organization may be more of a detriment than a savior for the young leaker:

“I don’t want to put him in peril, but I am concerned about those who surround him… I think WikiLeaks, if you’ve looked at past history, you know, their focus isn’t necessarily the Constitution of the United States. It’s simply to release as much information as possible.”

NBC reports that Snowden says he told Attorney General Eric Holder Edward will return to the US willingly under a certain set of conditions.

Lonnie Snowden says son Edward would prefer to not be held before a trial, not be subject to a gag order, and would like to select the venue for any trial that would take place.

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6 Responses to “Edward Snowden Not A Traitor, Dad Says”

  1. Brian V. Sitterley

    I do believe that Snowden is more loyal to our country than Obama is. The latter has made sputtering indignant demands on foreign nations great and small that he has no capacity to enforce, and which have made him an international laughingstock. Opinions about Snowden vary all over the world, as they do in the US, but he enjoys widespread support and admiration.

  2. Paul Joseph

    Formal Complaint Filed Against NYS Employees for Illegal Wiretapping.

    "At some point in time shortly after 9/11, and by methods not addressed here, these individuals improperly utilized access to, and devices of, the lawful operations of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (the “JTTF”). These individuals completely violated the provisions of FISA, ECPA and the Patriot Act for their own personal and political agendas. Specifically, these NY state employees essentially commenced “black bag operations,” including illegal wiretapping, against whomever they chose- and without legitimate or lawful purpose." –

    “The wire-tapping and ISP capture, etc., of DDC attorney, Christine C. Anderson, who had filed a.
    lawsuit after being assaulted by a supervisor, Sherry Cohen, and after complaining that certain.
    evidence in ethics case files had been improperly destroyed. (See SDNY case #07cv9599 – Hon.
    Shira A. Scheindlin, U.S.D.J.)” Source:

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