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Snowden sees 'no chance' for fair trial in US

Published on Jan 24, 2014 5:47 AM
 
A undated handout file picture received from Channel 4 on Dec 24, 2013 shows US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message. Snowden said on Thursday he has no plans to return to the United States, because he would have "no chance" for a fair trial. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Fugitive intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said on Thursday he has no plans to return to the United States, because he would have "no chance" for a fair trial.

"The hundred-year old law under which I've been charged... forbids a public interest defense," he said in a question-and-answer session on the "Free Snowden" website.

"This is especially frustrating, because it means there's no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury," he said.

The comments during the former National Security Agency contractor's first such public forum since June.

 
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