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Snowden says if he could go anywhere, it would 'be home'

Published on May 29, 2014 9:46 AM
Former US defence contractor Edward Snowden is seen during an interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams in Moscow in this undated handout photo released on May 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden told a US television interviewer he would like to go home from asylum in Moscow, but that if necessary he would seek to extend his stay in Russia.

US officials said he was welcome to return to the United States if he wanted to face justice for leaking details of massive US intelligence-gathering programmes.

"If I could go anywhere in the world, that place would be home," Snowden told NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams in an excerpt from the interview that aired on Wednesday.

Asked how anxious he was to make a deal to return to the United States, Snowden replied: "My priority is not about myself. It's about making sure that these programmes are reformed - and that the family that I left behind, the country that I left behind - can be helped by my actions."

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