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I don't know what -- seen what he's -- been exposed to but I know he's a principled young man I can't imagine what drove him to do this in terms of hasn't broken -- -- I can't answer that that's what we have courts as well we have trials as well we have -- justice system that's why we have a US constitution.
The protects our rights.
During my exclusive interview with -- stone's father that was line he pleaded with his son to stop leaking secrets and come home but Edward may never come home.
He says a government openly declared him guilty of treason if that's the case will he ever get a fair trial.
With me now Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Peter he -- the father makes a good place to come back to what you -- just -- them.
Son Edward Stone says if I come back -- they've already.
They've already found -- guilty.
Well for me he was never interest -- in facing the justice system that's why he went on -- talked about you go to Iceland he thought he'd be detained.
Earlier an easier it in Iceland.
The question becomes going forward based upon the national sentiment.
Is he gonna get a get out of jail free card -- -- we don't like what the government is doing in terms invading our privacy.
In the United States.
In my view in -- in my opinion if in fact he leaked classified documents and he missed the admitted that he did.
-- at the very least he's guilty of a violation of the Espionage Act.
Is he guilty of treason that's a constitutional definition it's a harder thing to prove.
May be will -- get a fair trial I believe he will.
If in fact there's -- public will to bring him to try out.
But it seems that we're defining deviancy down -- a little bit in this country.
Do we want to give me a break Eric because we say.
-- it was really doing it for good reason it's okay that he leaked this classified information.
When we except that how much bad behavior criminal behavior period excelled in the.
Once he leaked information that we all knew anyway paid by the way we're gonna listen to Russia we're gonna listen to China they're doing it to us my problem we all know logically we're doing it to -- -- I don't believe that's that's true and -- based upon the newest leaks and based upon his father's fear that he's gonna commit.
Trader should treasonous act they obviously -- -- step that hasn't been in the public domain how much can we except.
Is it a defense to a crime to say.
I did for the greater good.
Well didn't know Weather Underground say that in the sixties.
Didn't the black Panthers say that in the sixties they did Peter but they were also not defending the kind that there was no I'm not to go now lets kids that they say nobody necessarily an -- And make sense in in terms of the law that does not make sense that the jurors silly.
The argument doesn't make sense.
You can't say I'm going to commit a crime.
I'm really commit treason I'm gonna commit espionage.
I'm gonna help an enemy.
We've already helped al-Qaeda.
But what we're not about here they know where to have the communications and where not to have the communications in and night and doing so you shine a light on something that is.
But but a clear violation of the other about.
The Fourth Amendment to the US constitute I don't know like it shine a light on on inequities in America by robbing a bank today and saying I'm Robin Hood.
I want every distribute the wealth and the united constitutional Peter Johnson -- you know that -- no no there's no cuts initially on this sensitive redistribution has to class and bill amendments there is no constitutional amendment to term -- then allows you to engage in treason.
Or do engage in espionage that's none and it's not a legal defense.
Under the law we -- prosecuted or not that's up the American people espionage perhaps treason is subjective.
Treason -- it's an objective standard if if if it's under the constitution.
Is defined by the constitution as you said.
Go back to the constitutional read it again I'll probably -- no I know you know abandon any move very well again maybe the judge we have the judge number one.
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