Edward Snowden’s lawyer said that the fugitive is ready to come home, as long as he can get a fair trial in the United States.
“He is thinking about it. He has a desire to return and we are doing everything we can to make it happen,” said Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s lawyer, Agence-France Presse reported Tuesday.
Snowden is currently in Russia, where he has political asylum after leaking classified documents to the public while working at the NSA and government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
State Department flunkie Marie Harf had this to say about the lawyer’s comments:
“We’re certainly happy for him to return to the United States to face a court in the very serious charges” he faces.
“So he absolutely can and should return to the United States to face the justice system that will be fair in its judgment of him,” Harf said. “But he is accused of very serious crimes and should return home to face them.”
Snowden lawyer Kucherena said that so far, they have secured a guarantee from Attorney General Eric Holder that Snowden will not face the death penalty. But in addition, Snowden wants a guarantee of a “legal and impartial trial.”
“With a group of lawyers from other countries, we are working on the question of his return to America,” Kucherena said.