August 12th, 2013
02:30 PM ET

Snowden's Father Lashes Out

NSA leaker Edward Snowden’s father had strong words for the president when he spoke out this weekend, defending his son and criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of his situation.

Appearing on a Sunday morning talk show, Lon Snowden took aim at the president, and a republican congressman who's labeled his son a traitor.

"My son has spoken the truth,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”

"He has sacrificed more than either the president of the United States or Peter King have ever in their political careers or their American lives."

“Lon Snowden, was reacting to the presidents pre-vacation news conference, where he dismissed the notion that the younger Snowden’s actions served a greater good,” reports CNN's Dan Lothian.

"I don't think Mr. Snowden was a patriot," Obama had said. "The fact is, is that Mr. Snowden's been charged with three felonies.”

“Now, Snowden's father says he and his attorney will be traveling to Russia very soon to help his son fight those charges,” Lothian reports.

Lon Snowden’s attorney didn’t reveal the date for that departure, “because of the frenzy," which the his client claims will make it difficult for his son to get a fair hearing if he returns to the U.S.

"I want my son to come home if I believe that the justice system that we should be afforded as Americans is going to be applied correctly,” Lon Snowden said to ABC.

He believes the criticisms of his son voiced by lawmakers have been “absolutely irresponsible and inconsistent with the U.S. justice system,” Lothian reports.

“He says that they have poisoned the well, making it difficult to find an impartial jury.”

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