Legal adviser says Snowden would love to be back in US under `right conditions`
Washington – A top legal adviser to whistleblower Edward Snowden has reportedly said that the former NSA contractor would love to be back in the US if the conditions were right.
The former analyst allegedly revealed classified data related to the US’ mass surveillance operations that aimed at collecting huge amount of web and telephone data of citizens and global leaders alike.
National security and human rights director at the Government Accountability Project, Jesselyn Radack, said that Snowden is a patriotic American and loves his homeland, adding that he would love to return provided the conditions are right, The Washington Times reports.
Providing amnesty to Snowden has seen divided opinions amongst NSA officials, with the chief Gen. Keith Alexander saying the leaker ought to be treated like a criminal, while the task force head has expressed his willingness to have a conversation with the analyst to curb further leaks.
On Christmas, Snowden issued an ‘alternative message’ warning that children born today would never know what it means to have a private moment adding that his aim was achieved by revealing about the programmes and initiating a global debate on privacy and national security.
The 30-year-old analyst has been charged with espionage in the US and has been granted a temporary asylum in Russia.