Edward Snowden’s father: ‘Absolutely no faith’ son would get fair trial in U.S.

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:22 EDT
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Picture released by Human Rights Watch shows US National Security Agency (NSA) fugitive leaker Edward Snowden (C) during a meeting with rights activists.
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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)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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