July 29th, 2013
10:43 PM ET

Edward Snowden's father speaks

Admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden is living in limbo inside Moscow's airport. But the question is, for how much longer? Officials in Washington are demanding he return to the U.S. and face charges, while promising in so many words, to neither kill nor torture him. Edward Snowden's father and his attorney Bruce Fein sat down with Anderson. Lon Snowden talks about the public's view of his son, and whether he is ready to accept the consequences of his actions.


Anderson took a closer look at the events that brought Edward Snowden to this point.

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  1. Wayne Glasker

    The legal system that allowed George Zimmerman to get away with murder in the case of Trayvon Martin cannot be trusted to give justice to Edward Snowden either. Snowden cannot receive a fair trial in the US, and for this reason I hope Russia will grant him asylum. The US is not in a position to lecture anyone about human rights abuses. The human rights of Trayvon Martin were violated with impunity. Snowden committed civil disobedience. An unjust law is no law at all. Snowden broke the law in the name of a higher law, a law higher than the Constitution.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Kathy

      You do realize I hope that you are using one of the worst forms of arguments out there. Comparing unlike examples to formulate your pre-conceived opinion.

      July 31, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
  2. Laurie Belvin

    The only people that seem to be telling the truth, like Snowden and the WIKIleaker Manning, also seem to be risking their lives, I know that I was told to do illegal activities when I was employed by the old US Immigration and Naturalization Service after 9/11 that would violate the Constititution and leave me subject to jail and paying damages in thousands of dollars. I was lied to when I was told that the Patriot Act would cover the acts when passed; it was never even considered to be a part. So I complained as much and to as many people as I could and then left. Lots of honest people left their jobs in the federal government. Fortunately, most of us did not have to run because the news we told of how dishonest the US government was simply was not news. Without the leakers we could have no idea just how corrupt our government is, but yes, they have to run if they want to live because they angered important and powerful and very dishonest people. Valor and honesty can be deadly is the lesson children are learning in the US.

    July 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  3. Thom

    Doesn't matter one bit if what Snowden said about it is true or not. It only matters if he broke the law or not. You can't pick and choose what laws you want to follow and which ones you don't want to. He signed disclosures saying he wouldn't do what he did, and to break that promise is a crime....and he did and everyone knows he did. He dad can argue all he wants, but his son broke a federal law. One way or another he will pay for it too. He sure won't eat good in Russia....been there done that. He can't work for a while too so someone will have to support him..... Wikileaks?

    July 30, 2013 at 1:51 am |

      Well Tom, I guess you agree it's alright for the media to distort facts about, Zimmerman case, so the US government can break all the dam laws they want. I suppose a country that was founded on lies, also attracts those who are quick to leap on a band wagon and go right along with what you are told. Maybe you are one of these guys who wear the GOOD GUY BADGE. The so called secrets were all public knowledge, MR SNOWDED did the world a favor by letting everyone know what kind of corrupt system we are in.. TRUST

      July 31, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  4. J.R. Mann Sr.

    Snowden's actions even working for a subcontractor for NSA are a violation of his employment contract which makes it a criminal violation of law. Persons holding a US government security clearance are well informed as to their rights and limitations of disclosures, use of secure information not required by their direct assignment – commonly stated as "Need To Know," which simplu put means that even if you have access to secure data, material, etc. you are neither entitled to nor authorized to secure data. Such actions place the person committing the viplation to imprisionment. When the Army, Navy and Air Force branches had their own security agencies, it was easier to maintain internal security with relevance to NSA activities as 1) the need for "outside" contract personnel – who were not retired military, was of limited need; and, 2) Violators who were military personnel could be prosecuted by and held in military prision.

    July 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
  5. Barney

    Interesting interview with Lon Snowden, but definitely myopic. The Patriot Act compromised our liberties and the NSA information gathering is just one additional component. Unfortunate Ed Snowden is not just an innocent whistle-blower. To choose to be in China and Russia to reveal his information makes one wonder as his real motivation. He should board the next flight to the US and surrender and face the consequences of his actions. Hopefully his misguided attempts to inform the nation will continue to have us question the balance of freedom vs. security.

    July 29, 2013 at 10:55 pm |