Skip to comments.Snowden's father offers deal in letter to Holder
Posted on 06/28/2013 11:10:12 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Snowden's father offers deal in letter to Holder By Justin Sink - 06/28/13 01:03 PM ET
The father of Edward Snowden has proposed a deal to Attorney General Eric Holder that he says could convince his son to return to the United States.
Lonnie Snowden said his son, Edward, would likely come back to America if he were promised that he could remain free prior to trial, not be subjected to a gag order and be tried in a place of his choosing.
He also proposed that if those terms were violated, the government should agree to dismiss charges against Edward, a former defense contractor who admitted to leaking information about top-secret National Security Agency programs.
"With these written representations and guarantee, Mr. Snowden is reasonably confident that his son could be persuaded to surrender voluntarily to the jurisdiction of the United States to face trial," wrote Bruce Fein, the Washington attorney for Snowden's father, in the letter to Holder that was obtained by CNN.
Edward Snowden is thought to currently be at the international terminal of the Moscow Airport, where he arrived last weekend after fleeing Hong Kong. He has reportedly requested asylum in Ecuador.
The Justice Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
Asked about Snowden on Thursday, President Obama said he would not engage in wheeling and dealing and trading and a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited so he can face the justice system here in the United States."
Lonnie Snowden said he has not spoken to his son since April.
"I love him, I would like to have the opportunity to communicate with him. I don't want to put him in peril, but I am concerned about those who surround him," he said in an interview Friday with NBC News.
Nice to finally find somebody on Free Republic who agrees and supports Obama and Holder!
It is impossible for Snowden to get a fair trial in the USA.
Traitor is a word the government is throwing around. The people who are spying on the rest of us. It’s good you show us which side you’re on.
Selling your family to Obama seems to be standard.
Yeah right. No one on this planet trusts Holder. No one. Heck the Mexican Drug Lords do not even trust him now. They were supposed to get many more guns and US citizenships by now.
Only if he busts them next to Holder and Jarrett.
Like they didn’t know already? Really? The American people are the dumbasses here. Trust me our enemies and allies know exactly what we are doing.
So yeah - if we actually had a real President who cared about things like this, we wouldn't be talking about leaks like this weeks after the initial event. Instead, he would have been found and dealt with - one way or another. You deal with treason directly and swiftly. If not, then you have no security at all. Ever.
Exactly. Since when do suspects have the right to demand things? Whether one supports what Snowden did or not, he made a choice and now he has to deal with it.
Problem, we have had treason going on at the highest leves for a long time in the US. And there has not been any sort of dealing with it swiftly...or at all.
Not seeing that Snowdon revelations will compromise anyone.
However the information does compromise the US leadership.
His dad is a smart political operator.
Return with NO GAG ORDER...?? Such a deal struck with NarcoGunSmuggler ERIC HOLDER...?
This dad UNDERSTANDS his proposal will be rejected indeed it was DESIGNED to beRejected.
The impending rejection makes them look bad, and bad is what Holder has been since birth.