Kerry Says "Traitor" Snowden Should Come Home and "Face the Music"

By:  Jack Kenny
05/29/2014
       
Kerry Says "Traitor" Snowden Should Come Home and "Face the Music"

Calling Edward Snowden a "traitor" and a "coward," Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday the man who leaked classified documents revealing the National Security Agency's data collection of Americans' phone calls and e-mails should "man up" and return from Russia to face charges of espionage and theft of government documents.

"Edward Snowden is a coward, he is a traitor and he has betrayed his country," Kerry said in an interview on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown. "And if he wants to come home tomorrow to face the music, he can do so." Kerry's comments came after Snowden said in an interview with NBC that he is trapped in Russia because the U.S. State Department revoked his passport

"I don't think there's ever been any question that I'd like to go home," Snowden said in a segment of the interview broadcast Wednesday night. "Now, whether amnesty or clemency ever becomes a possibility is not for me to say. That's a debate for the public and the government to decide. But, if I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home." Kerry denied Snowden is trapped in Moscow.

"Well, for a supposedly smart guy that's a pretty dumb answer, frankly" Kerry told NBC. "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States today, we'll have him on a flight today." 

Snowden, an intelligence analyst employed by NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, fled his Hawaii home last June after turning the classified documents over to journalist Glenn Greenwald, then with the London newspaper The Guardian. The British paper published the news of the NSA's secret daily collection of billions of telephone call records and e-mail messages. Last month, the Guardian and the Washington Post were awarded the Pulitzer prize for their coverage of the story.

Snowden flew first to Hong Kong, then to Moscow in July before his passport was revoked. "The reality is I never intended to end up in Russia," Snowden said in his NBC interview. "I had a flight booked to Cuba onwards to Latin America and I was stopped because the United States government decided to revoke my passport and trap me in Moscow Airport."

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