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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    human sell to US SPAIN

    August 19, 2013 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |


    August 19, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |


    August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rebecca

    If I were on the jury, I would vote for a medal of valor. Time to repeal the Patriot Act and increase unemployment by shutting the NSA down. All my life I heard about how bad Russia snooped on its citizens and now my country is the worst on the entire planet. Shame on the NSA, Obama, and Congress.

    August 24, 2013 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. tytryu345645


    August 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. carlos Anguiano

    did the right thing

    August 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. carlos Anguiano


    August 27, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mark

    He did the right thing. Leaking this information is only the tip of the iceberg. The government has been hiding so much more than we'll ever know. It's a corrupt system that's well dressed. They treat people like sheep and do whatever they want.

    September 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. asia

    he did the right telling this information

    September 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomm77


      September 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katrina Onufer

      He did indeed!

      December 3, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick2014

    I don't know how people are so blinded by politics not to denounce a TRAITOR! Our secrets should not be revealed to the world. We have had National Security since the first president!

    October 8, 2013 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sam

    Snowden should be awarded a medal for having the courage to do what he did. As should Julian Assange.

    October 10, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. avril

    I would love for u to put are school on cnn news on november 6th on Wednesday the school is called portage central elementary and we are the comets and the class is named mrs. Hendreson pplease it would be a award! by the why are school watches cnn please if do say it was by Avril elliott
    Thank you,Avril

    November 4, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. leunderground

    Seriously? This is the United States. There is always a legal way to expose something wrong. Yeah, the US has corruption, inefficiency, even a broken legal system etc. etc. but that is one thing, one single thing it does have – a rule of law, and endless channels and lawyers to choose from. Yeah, the US is messed up relative to Utopia or the Philosophical kingdom of Plato's 'Republic' but compared to the rest of the world, it DOES have options for at least STARTING a legal pathway. Snowden isn't a hero. He's a traitor.

    November 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arwin

      Leunderground: unfortunately the US has no longer the legal way. The chopper incident, being a crime against humanity, is a good example. Killing innocent civilians should be punished, in public. The US government has put themselves besides the law. One of your founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin to whom you own your freedom, said already that he who is willing to trade a bit of freedom, to gain a bit of security deserves neither of them. Since the Patriot Act, the US has lost all reason and all freedom. A society in decline.

      November 7, 2013 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  14. Katrina Onufer

    This is just not right. Snowden should have a fair trial. This is the problem with America today ...

    December 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JustSomeGuy

    Just like Daniel Ellsberg (if that name means nothing to you please look it up), I think history will ultimately paint Mr. Snowden as a hero. As a country we flaunt to the world the freedoms we have to think and act, but that's not true, is it? Having the fear of someone looking over your shoulder for what you say and think is by definition a loss of freedoms. Social courtesies and outrage aside (eg you can't yell fire in a crowded theatre), the concept of 'fairness' and freedoms has come to mean something much smaller than it was even ten years ago. Please don't assign these words to any political side or ideology, I am not assigning them to anyone; just look around and see if they are right.

    December 4, 2013 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
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