“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” said his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. “He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen.”
He said that a group of lawyers from other countries is also working on the legal aspects of his client’s return to the U.S.
The charges against Snowden include two accounts of violating the U.S. 1917 Espionage Act – for leaking thousands of classified documents to media outlets that he obtained while working for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton – along with the charges for theft of government property.
He took political asylum in Russia in 2013 after the U.S. revoked his passport.
Although Attorney General Eric Holder already assured Snowden in 2013 that he would not face the capital punishment upon his return, Kucherena said he wants assurances of a fair trial as well.
“That is, they guarantee that Snowden will not be executed, not that he will receive a fair trial. And it is guaranteed by [Holder], who cannot even influence court decisions according to law,” said the lawyer.
He also said that Edward Snowden refuses to give interview to the media because he does not want to criticize the United States while staying in Russia.
It is also pertinent to mention that U.S fugitive’s temporary asylum in Russia expired last year; however, the country has granted him a three-year residence permit now.
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