[REPORT] Snowden ready to return to U.S. if given ‘fair and impartial trial’ – TASS

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden is prepared to return to the United States but only if he will be given a fair legal trial, his lawyer Anatoly Kurcherena told journalists on Tuesday, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Kurcherena made the comments while presenting Snowden’s new book, “Time of the Octopus.”

"Edward Snowden is ready to return to the U.S., but on the condition that he will be given guarantees on receiving a fair and impartial trial," Kurcherena was quoted as saying. "We, together with a group of lawyers from other countries, are working on the issue of his return to the US.”

The U.S. charged Snowden with three felony counts, including violations of the U.S. Espionage Act, after he disclosed classified documents to reporters about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs. He publicly revealed his identity while in Hong Kong, but he later fled and became stuck inside the transit zone at a Moscow airport for weeks before Russia granted him temporary asylum. Snowden received a 3-year residence permit in August 2014.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder previously said that Snowden would not receive the death penalty.

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