Father of NSA leaker says he would return to US

FILE - In this  June 21, 2013 file photo, a banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district. The Hong Kong government says Snowden wanted by the U.S. for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs has left for a

FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, a banner supporting Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, is displayed at Central, Hong Kong's business district. The Hong Kong government says Snowden wanted by the U.S. for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs has left for a "third country." The South China Morning Post reported Sunday, June 23, 2013 that Snowden was on a plane for Moscow, but that Russia was not his final destination. Snowden has talked of seeking asylum in Iceland. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden acknowledges his son broke the law but doesn't think he committed treason.

The NBC "Today" show reported Friday that Lonnie Snowden is sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder saying he believes his son would voluntarily return to the United States if the Justice Department promises not to hold him prior to trial and not subject him to a gag order.

The elder Snowden hasn't spoken to his son since April but says he believes he's being manipulated by people at the WikiLeaks website.

Lonnie Snowden tells NBC his son broke the law in releasing classified information, but says he didn't betray the people of the United States.

Edward Snowden, who fled to Russia, is charged with violating U.S. espionage laws.
Associated Press
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