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Snowden father proposes son's return

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Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden was last reported to be in transit at Moscow airport

The father of US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has said in an interview he believes his son would go back to the US if several conditions were met.

Lon Snowden has told NBC News his son may return if he is not detained before trial, not subjected to a gag order and can choose where his trial is held.

Mr Snowden Snr said his lawyer had written to US Attorney General Eric Holder to convey those terms.

The former intelligence contractor faces espionage charges in the US.

He flew to Moscow last weekend and has requested asylum in Ecuador.

During Friday morning's television interview, Lon Snowden said he had not spoken to his son since April, a month before he fled to Hong Kong after leaking to media details of a huge US snooping programme.

He said that his son had broken the law, but denied he was a traitor.

"At this point I don't feel that he's committed treason," he said. "He has in fact broken US law, in a sense that he has released classified information."

He also voiced concern his son was being exploited by Wikileaks, which has offered legal assistance to the 30-year-old.

"I don't want to put him in peril, but I am concerned about those who surround him," he said.

"I think Wikileaks, if you've looked at past history, you know, their focus isn't necessarily the constitution of the United States. It's simply to release as much information as possible."



20 May: Snowden flies from Hawaii to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong

5 June: From Hong Kong, Snowden discloses details of what he describes as a vast US phone and internet surveillance programme to the UK's Guardian newspaper.


23 June: Snowden leaves Hong Kong on a flight to Moscow. He is currently thought to remain airside at Sheremetyevo airport.


From Moscow, Snowden could fly to Cuba, en route to Ecuador, which has said it is "analysing" whether to grant him asylum.


Venezuela had also been considered a possible destination for Snowden, however it is thought he would only pass through on his way to Ecuador.


Snowden is reported to have requested asylum in Ecuador, which previously granted haven to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy.

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