Snowden ready to return to US

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Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor living in Russia after leaking information about the United States government’s mass surveillance programme, has said he would like to return home if he can get a fair trial. Snowden, who faces espionage charges that could send him to prison for decades, stated his desire to return to the US in an interview with CBS This Morning broadcast on Monday. “I would like to return to the United States,” said Snowden, whose memoir, “Permanent Record” is to go on sale on Tuesday. “That is the ultimate goal. “But if I’m gonna spend the rest of my life in prison, the one bottom line demand that we have to agree to is that at least I get a fair trial,” he said. “And that is the one thing the government has refused to guarantee because they won’t provide access to what’s called a public interest defence,” he said. AFP

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