Lon Snowden, the father of National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden, on Monday revealed that he and his legal team had attempted to worth with the U.S. Department of Justice to find a way for his son to come home, but talks had broken down.
In a letter to Russian officials last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed that Edward Snowden would not be subjected to torture or the death penalty if he were to return to the United States.
Lon Snowden told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday that guaranteeing a fair trial “would be in the best interest of the Justice Department.”
“[W]e’ve attempted to work with the Justice Department and both the people investigating this, and I just do not believe that that collaboration, that the good faith exists anymore,” he explained. “So I’m very very disappointed and we’ve attempted to get assurances that Ed would receive a fair trial. I have absolutely no faith in Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States. None.”
“You don’t believe your son would receive a fair trial?” Cooper pressed.
“Absolutely not,” Lon Snowden replied. “Not at this point. No, absolutely not.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast July 30, 2013.
(h/t: Legal Insurrection)