Home Front Page Edward Snowden sees no chance of a fair trial in US

Edward Snowden sees no chance of a fair trial in US

During an online Q&A session, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has said he has “no chance” of a fair trial in the US and has no plans to return there.

Edward Snowden, 30, said that the 100-year-old law under which he has been charged “forbids a public interest defense”.

“There’s no way I can come home and make my case to a jury,” he said.

Edward Snowden has temporary asylum in Russia after leaking details of NSA electronic surveillance programmes.

He said that his predicament over not having a fair trial was “especially frustrating”.

“Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which, through a failure in law, did not cover national security contractors like myself,” he told the Free Snowden website.

Edward Snowden has said he has "no chance" of a fair trial in the US and has no plans to return there

Edward Snowden has said he has “no chance” of a fair trial in the US and has no plans to return there

“Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs… They’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all Americans, no matter who they work for, to get a fair trial.”

In December Edward Snowden delivered an “alternative” Christmas message to Britain’s Channel 4 TV, in which he called for an end to mass surveillance.

Earlier on Thursday an independent US privacy watchdog ruled that the bulk collection of phone call data by US intelligence agencies is illegal and has had only “minimal” benefits in preventing terrorism.

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) advised by a 3-2 majority that the program should end.

The report from the PCLOB is the latest of several reviews of the NSA’s mass surveillance program, the details of which caused widespread anger after they were leaked by Edward Snowden.


In a separate development on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder told MSNBC television that he was unlikely to consider clemency for Edward Snowden.

Eric Holder said that the US authorities “would engage in conversation” about a resolution of the case if Edward Snowden accepted responsibility for leaking government secrets.

[youtube 1e4D0Z6c76M 650]

Diane is a perfectionist. She enjoys searching the internet for the hottest events from around the world and writing an article about it. The details matter to her, so she makes sure the information is easy to read and understand. She likes traveling and history, especially ancient history. Being a very sociable person she has a blast having barbeque with family and friends.
  • buddo19

    Dtay where you are,,,,, Thi country lies everywhere,,