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And we are about to show -- the first time for the very first time -- world exclusive interview with -- -- the father -- Snowden who blew the whistle on the NSA snooping scandal.
-- -- he reached out to someone in DC whom he trusted and that person happens to trust me.
After days of talking emailing and texting with mr.
-- he agreed to sit down.
And talked what follows a man deeply concerned with the safety of his son and a man deeply concerned.
With the direction America is heading.
Person think people want to know have you spoken dead.
Now now the last time that I saw Edwards.
On April 4 and the shadow of that for security agency.
He got out to dinner he seemed.
To be carrying a heavy burden hours I was concerned about -- I -- that after I came home.
But we -- as we always do so I love you dad fell love yet.
And expected to see him -- again tell us a little bit about it people would like to hear about it people want to know.
What's he like he is a sensitive caring young man.
This is the end that I know.
You know the same lies -- it's the same -- He just.
It's a deep thinker and he was raised to be principled.
He knows the difference between what is.
And right and wrong.
He didn't care for all people -- his Father's Day probably one of few one of the few father's case you hadn't spoken to head.
I -- how was that.
-- the last.
Seven days have been extremely difficult gone from not knowing where my son was.
It's thought he was missing.
And in the news broke on Sunday which just shocked everyone in the family that there.
He was CNN's stately what you want and do what should he do.
I would like to see -- come home and face this if he didn't come back.
What would you say them I would tell him to be truthful to be honest in your opinion do you think he's.
Approached the wind.
Would -- out what has he done you know I'm I'm not an attorney I can't speak to that.
What I know someone who serve my nation for over thirty years on verbally.
And I took an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States that's not something that I could have done.
What I'm not -- issues I don't know what he's seen what he's he'd been exposed to but I know he's a principled young man.
I know what he walked away from.
I know how he feels about his family and what -- you know loose that this would have done -- Stanley with all of the media frenzy forget that simply what.
Not knowing how he's going.
He knows how that would hurt his family.
I can't imagine what drove him to do this in terms of has he broken along I can't answer that that's why we have courts as well we have trials as well we have -- justice system.
That's -- we have a US constitution.
That protects our rights what do you think he he did it the way he did it I think he did it because again.
He saw something that.
As a father I have to believe constitute a moral hazard he had an obligation.
To protect classified information.
But my son is also very intelligent very well read.
Very obviously very well aware of what he -- to be the tenets of the US constitution and the bill of rights specifically the Fourth Amendment.
There have been a lot of people who said.
That the -- was violating Fourth Amendment thoughts I don't want the government.
Listening to my phone calls I don't want the government archiving.
The places that my other children visit on the Internet or that I visitor my wife -- -- I don't want them reading.
My email I don't want them reading my -- state in my opinion they have no right.
Not even under the guise -- we need to keep you safe some people are suggesting that what's occurring is very similar to.
Every morning the government walks up your mailbox.
They pull the envelopes out they open them.
They look at your mail they copy.
They archive it in case they -- -- look at it sometime in the future in case you do something wrong sometime in the future.
They re -- envelopes that put them back in your mailbox and they do it every day over and over -- and had city.
He may release more information.
-- -- Don't that concerns me do you think.
That what we -- the information -- he has do you think that puts him in peril.
Absolutely I think it puts him in Carol.
From -- foreign government.
From opportunity to its.
And in my opinion clearly from our government as well at -- all you have to do is watch the political discourse at this point and I would say he is certainly an -- -- as to who -- in the camera.
Speak directly did what he wanted to tell him what should -- what should he do what -- what does dad say Ted.
Where were certainly saddened.
By your decision.
But it has not diminish our -- where you.
55 saw you tomorrow.
The first thing I would do is hug you tell you I love you my primary concern at this point in time.
-- -- Immediate safety.
And your long term health.
I pray and I ask.
-- -- not released any secrets that could constitute treason.
Which you consider what you're doing.
That you consider those around you who you may consider friends are good counsel.
It's it's it's you're under much stress from what I've read.
And that -- not succumb to that stress.
And and and and make.
A bad decision Ed I love you.
I love you and I wish you the best.
I want you to come home.
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