Snowden's Dad: He'll Come Home If...
Lonnie Snowden sends letter to Justice Department, says son is not a traitor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 28, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Lonnie Snowden wants his son to come home, and he thinks he knows how to entice him to come. Snowden has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying that he's fairly confident Edward would return to the US to face trial if the Justice Department guarantees he won't be detained before said trial, that he can choose the location of the trial, and that he won't be subject to a gag order, he tells Today. Of course, this is all coming just from the senior Snowden; he hasn't spoken to his son since April.

"At this point, I don't feel that he's committed treason," Snowden tells Today. "He has betrayed his government. But I don't believe that he's betrayed the people of the United States." Over at Daily Intel, Joe Coscarelli doesn't have much confidence Snowden's plan to get his son back home will work; neither does Dashiell Bennet at the Atlantic Wire (Snowden wants his son to "be allowed to keep doing the very things that he's wanted for in the first place," he points out). Plus, Coscarelli writes, "While Lonnie's heart is clearly in the right place, his son is probably thinking something along the lines of, Please, Dad, not now!"

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RAD45
Jun 29, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
What most people seem to be missing in all this Snowden brou-ha was 1) the surveillance programs he broke secrecy on were set up with the full knowledge and approval of the Congress (you know, those people you elect every few years); 2) the goings-on of these programs are reported to Congressional Oversight Committees (oops, there's those pesky congress-persons again); 3) Snowden took an oath NOT to blabb about his job and was paid a VERY nice bit of cash for doing so; 4) Snowden broke all the rules of his work contract by copying stuff he wasn't permitted to do and then giving it to a foriegn news source (The Guardian); and, 5) when the sledding got tough, Snowden fled to CHINA and then to RUSSIA all the while claiming he was trying to protect the rights of the American people by revealing government secrets!! Whaaa? I hope Snowden enjoys his time living in Moscow's airport, and, if he makes it to Ecuador he'll need to take out citizenship there since his U.S. Passport has been revoked. The best punishment for Snowden is never again being allowed to set foot on American soil. He can have family reunions in South America!
1freeusa
Jun 29, 2013 4:15 PM CDT
I wish there was another Bob Dylan out there to do a folk hero song about Snowden... The rulers tried so hard to make him look like a traitor, They made a folk hero of him.
rickydarlin
Jun 29, 2013 3:04 PM CDT
there will be an accident...obama will make sure snowden never talks