Is the ultimatum Lonnie Snowden, the father of Edward Snowden told NBC's Michael Isikoff on TODAY.
The father of former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said in an interview that while he has not had recent contact with him, he is reasonably confident his son would return to the United States if certain conditions were met.Does this idiot really believe that his bastard son will be able to be free to come and go, speak out loud about his crime and decide where he is to stand trial? Then he is out of his mind. If Snowden never returns to the US his parents will never see him again since The State Department can refuse them a passport. It is even money that their phones are tapped and their bank accounts frozen. Take away Snowden's funds and he just might return on his own.
“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,” Lonnie Snowden told NBC’s Michael Isikoff in an exclusive interview that aired on TODAY. “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."
Snowden said he has told Attorney General Eric Holder through his lawyer that his son will probably return home if the Justice Department promises not to detain him before a trial nor subject him to a gag order. He also wants his son to choose where a trial would take place.
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the New Jersey Democrat who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, promised to block renewal of the pact if Snowden were to receive asylum.
"Our government will not reward countries for bad behavior," he said in a statement.