Snowden: U.S. Gov’t Destroyed My Chance For Fair Trial

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance programs, said Monday that the U.S. government “immediately and predictably” destroyed any chance that he’d receive a fair trial by declaring him guilty of treason.

“The US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime,” Snowden said in an online Q&A hosted by the Guardian, the British publication that published the information that Snowden leaked.

“That’s not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it,” he said in response to a question as to why he fled to Hong Kong after leaking information.
Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked information about the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance programs, said Monday that the U.S. government “immediately and predictably” destroyed any chance that he’d receive a fair trial by declaring him guilty of treason.

“The US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime,” Snowden said in an online Q&A hosted by the Guardian, the British publication that published the information that Snowden leaked.

“That’s not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it,” he said in response to a question as to why he fled to Hong Kong after leaking information.

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