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Edward Snowden wants to return to the US, but says the government won't promise him a fair trial


'I'm not asking for a pass. What I'm asking for is a fair trial.'

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Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — who notoriously leaked classified government documents exposing domestic surveillance programs — says he would like to end his exile in Russia and come home to America, but claims the U.S. government will not guarantee him a fair trial.

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In an exclusive interview with CBS This Morning, Snowden said, "I would like to return to the United States. That is the ultimate goal. But if I'm gonna spend the rest of my life in prison, the one bottom line demand that we have to agree to is that I at least get a fair trial. And that is the one thing the government has refused to guarantee because they won't provide access to what's called a public interest defense."

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