WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden "should man up and come back to the United States."
Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to U.S. Embassy employees in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
Kerry was asked about Snowden in a nationally broadcast interview Wednesday in the wake of Snowden's interview earlier with NBC News. In that session, Snowden said he never intended to end up Russia, but was forced to go there because Washington decided to "revoke my passport."
Asked about this on NBC "Today" show Wednesday, Kerry replied, "Well, for a supposedly smart guy, that's a pretty dumb answer."
Kerry said, quote, "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we'll have him on a flight today."
He said Snowden should "stand up in the United States and make his case to the American people."