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WikiLeaks accused of manipulating Snowden
Agencies
Johannesburg, June 29, 2013
First Published: 23:12 IST(29/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:03 IST(30/6/2013)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s father Lonnie Snowden has reportedly said people at the WikiLeaks website have manipulated his son and he did not commit any treason.

According to News 24, Snowden’s father in his letter to US attorney general Eric Holder has acknowledged that his son has broken the US law but did not commit any treason neither has he betrayed anyone.

He further said he hasn’t spoken to his son since April but believes his son may voluntarily return to US if the Justice Department promises not to hold him prior to trial.

Snowden who leaked the classified information about US led surveillance programme had been in hiding in Hong Kong for a few weeks and has recently flown to Moscow in a bid to claim asylum in Ecuador.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had publically confirmed of helping Snowden.

Snowden’s father has asked for ‘ironclad assurances’ that Edward’s constitutional rights will be honoured adding that WikiLeaks’ focus is releasing as much information as possible.

Ecuador is considering Snowden’s asylum claim and Venezuela has again extended its offer of giving the US fugitive refuge in their land.


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