Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US and stand trial. Only if the process is fair and objective.
Snowden wants to tell the jury why he gave classified information to journalists. But the jury must also have access to classified material to assess the correctness of the action of the former employee of the US intelligence services.
“No one becomes an informant because they want to. No one becomes an informant because they have a happy ending, ” Snowden said, adding that he “did not choose to live in Russia.”
Snowden in 2013 made public information about the methods of electronic surveillance of American intelligence agencies, including illegal wiretapping of foreign leaders. Fleeing persecution by the US authorities, Snowden sent asylum requests to the authorities of several countries, including Russia. On August 1, 2014, he received a residence permit in Russia for three years, which was later extended for the same period.
In the US, Snowden is charged with violating two articles of the espionage act. He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of these counts. Representatives of the US administration have repeatedly stated that they consider Snowden a traitor and are not going to forgive him because he caused serious damage to the interests of national security.