Lon Snowden backs Edward’s decision to seek political asylum in Russia, he told Rossiya 24 news channel on Wednesday. The live interview taken in the US was most likely viewed by the NSA whistleblower from his temporary refuge at a Moscow airport transit zone, as he was warned beforehand by his legal representative in Russia Anatoly Kucherena. If Edward returned to the US for prosecution, he would not be granted the constitutional right of due process, the elder Snowden fears. “The fact is no assurances have been made that he will be given a fair trial, that he deserves, or any citizen of this nation is given by our Constitution,” he said.
Earlier Wednesday there were reports that the FBI had wanted Lon to visit Edward but that he had decided against this. Their reasons for this request are unknown but will be dubious.
The Guardian in the UK has featured prominently in the case of Edward Snowden, publishing a range of leaked information in reports and possibly being in possession of many more which will be published in due course. On June 10 the Guardian reported:
""I, sitting at my desk," said Snowden, could "wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email"."
That worried many people and continues to do so. Today the Guardian carries a report which explains Edward's statement.
A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Keep Edward Snowden and other whistle-blowers in your thoughts. Do not fall for the government hype or attempts to shoot the messenger, labeling each a criminal. In truth we all know who the real criminals are.
More at the Guardian here