Snowden: No chance of fair trial
June 17th, 2013
01:39 PM ET

Snowden: No chance of fair trial

The man who admitted leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs purportedly went online live on Monday to declare the truth would come out even if he is jailed or killed, and said President Barack Obama did not fulfill his promises and expanded several "abusive" national security initiatives.

According to the Guardian newspaper, Edward Snowden (pictured) answered questions in an online chat about why he revealed details of the National Security Agency's secret surveillance of U.S. citizens.

Snowden said he did so because Obama campaigned for the presidency on a platform of ending abuses. But instead, he said Obama "closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge."

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  1. saywhat

    Our public officials & representatives are answerable to the public not to NSA or such.Period.

    June 18, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    As for terror plots being foiled. They were in majority of cases the result of sting operations initiated by law enforcement itself , tipped off & aided by the communities the suspects lived in.

    June 18, 2013 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard B

    I still want to know what is up with the FBI and the Todashev shooting. Still silent on that.

    June 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pete

    Unless the country he's hiding in or he voluntarily turns himself in you'll find it'll be a slim chance for a trial..Snowden like Assange wants a neutral country that'll protect him in turn maybe for tips on getting intel or espionage...Snowdens isn't anybodys hero just a loser who did this wanting some attention and finding out who his friends really are and its not citizens from these United States I can assure yah!!

    June 18, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnp

      I agree, this loser has no future or chance to live a peaceful life no pity here, if no country will take hi. The. He might as well go to hell.

      July 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RockyFjord

      Snowden has more US citizens who would fight for his freedom than you will ever have if you lived to be 160. He's the best hero in decades, maybe in a century. You don't agree because you are a fascist sympathizer, a collaborator, well,
      your time will come also.

      July 4, 2013 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Snowden has done more to fight for your freedom than you would ever do in your lifetime for the rest of us. Not like you deserve it, but hey...

      August 24, 2013 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. ec

    Why is it that the system is so quick to try a homicidal lunatic and yet Snowden has no chance at a fair trial? All the more reason to doubt the system!

    June 26, 2013 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Lies

    When government becomes tyrannical, the truth becomes treasonous.

    July 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dapjet

    A fair trial.?......forget that bring out the rope. Why does this little weasel think any country should take him.......Why should he get a fair trial when he spilled the beans himself.....

    July 3, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • 8u89uui

      And forget that he opened his big mouth about spilling the beans. Now he realizes that it was problematic to do that before getting asylum. This is guy wants to be a hero and wants the attention – "look at me! look at me world!" but I don't think he fully considers the consequences but just acts on impulse to fullfill his need for attention and adulation.

      July 3, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. George L

    This guy should man up, head back home and stand trial. He can use the spotlight of the trial to make his case about the current state of affairs in the U.S. He should take a lesson from Daniel Ellsbuerg, of Pentagon Papers fame.
    Also, continuing to focus on this guy takes the spotlight off the problem: the intrusion into our private lives by our government and by big corporations. It's shocking.

    July 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Our government and big corporations are indivisible.

      August 24, 2013 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. lazarus00000

    Where is the "Geek Squad" dream team?/ Whay, OJ had a dream team with full news coverage! why not Snowden? This will insure him a fair trial.
    Lazarus

    July 3, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ord_Miller

    Obviously a brain-washed libertarian dupe. Too bad he took the narcissistic political faction of the republicans to a treasonous level.

    July 3, 2013 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. freedomJoe

    First off %90 of these the postings on are not Americans including the rest of this site. I hope someone takes this guy out or brings him back so he can rot. We the People Hate you Snowden and your dumb smile and family. We the People will get you one day! So look OUT!

    July 4, 2013 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • phil warner

      My feelings exactly. Just as soon not have a trial.

      July 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      Who let you German Nazis post on here?

      August 24, 2013 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. RealMan

    The People are coming for you and we are M A D! Snowden and Greenwald have showed the terrorists how to operate and Kill Americans. We will get you Snowden and Geenwald be sure of it!!

    July 4, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. RockyFjord

    the man is heroic and I do not use that term as superficially as it has been thrown around in the US. He is exceptional,
    and a historical figure, a fighter against corporatist fascism.

    July 4, 2013 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Texas

    He should be put on Trial for Theft and taking Top Secret information out of the country. If he wanted to Blow the Whistle he could have done that anonymously without Breaking the Law or Betraying his country and the people who are fighting on the front lines to protect us from Terrorists.

    August 2, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ben

    The term whistle-blowing is interesting – this is corporate. When you are bound by an official secrets act you are not a 'whistle blower', you are a double agent.

    August 6, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
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