Snowden's father blames Congress for sweeping spy programme
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The father of fugitive US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden on Friday blasted US lawmakers for not reining in the US electronic spy programme made public by his son, accusing them of being "complicit or negligent". "I am extremely disappointed and angry. I am an angry American citizen," Mr Lonnie Snowden told NBC's Today programme. "The American people - at this point, they don't know the full truth, but the truth is coming."
Recent NBC polling shows that more than half of Americans are worried about the vast operation that sweeps up information on phone calls, e-mails and other communications, but just 11 per cent support Edward Snowden's decision to flee the United States and release details about the effort to the media.
Mr Lonnie Snowden said those findings show "a concerted effort" by lawmakers "to demonise my son, to focus the issue on my son, and not to talk about the fact that they had a responsibility to ensure that these programmes were constitutional." "They've either been complicit or negligent," he added.
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly rejected a plan to limited the National Security Agency's ability to collect electronic information, including phone call records.