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Thank you guys the father of NSA whistle blower Edwards -- desperately wants to see his son come home even if it means arrest and prosecution.
But another notorious leaker Julian Assange has a better idea he resurfaced over the weekend encouraging -- To keep on running and keep on -- listen.
Look there there is no stopping the publishing -- at this stage.
Great care has been taken to an actual war.
There can't be pressured.
By -- states.
Sought to stop the publication.
I mean -- United States by canceling his policy courses left him for the for the moment.
-- And ruptured to take the passport from a young man a difficult situation like that is a disgrace he he is a hero.
Bruce Fein was the associate deputy attorney general on the Ronald Reagan he now represents -- stone's father -- Snowden and is trying to broker a deal.
With the -- thank you for joining us so I -- I wanted to run that sound -- first Bruce because.
That was Julian Assange a lot of Americans don't have a lot of they have -- -- a big distaste for Julian Assange when you're gonna tell me that that -- necessarily represent.
Your opinion is that right.
We are trying to.
Reached a common -- I believe with the Department of Justice of crane.
Directly to mr.
Edwards -- that would enable him to make an intelligent decision of what's available back in the United States -- regard to due process.
Assange really is a sideshow to some degree we are still working for a direct communications link.
Between -- his father and Edward so that his father has a confidence level.
That decisions being made are fully informed by Edward and are genuinely Edwards we don't have that direct link.
Yet a one thing I do want to clarify however at the outset when you suggested that the father.
Would like to have his son returned for a full trial.
I think that's a little bit misleading the father wants to make certain.
That the son knows all of his legal options what is available back here so it's fully informed his father respects the fact that Edwards thirty years old now he's an adult.
He has to chart his own destiny in his father's not going to dictate.
That right Bruce -- -- wrote a letter to department justice Eric Holder specifically last week.
We talked about it can I show the conditions -- -- -- the conditions split up they are number one.
That -- -- won't be detained before trial number two we wouldn't be subject to a gag order number three that the trial.
What -- current venue of Ed snowed this choice for -- -- have you heard back from the Department of Justice Eric.
Not yet but I want to underscore these were not ultimatums.
Remember the letter stated that these are conditions that the father and -- -- based upon his knowledge of Edward thinks would enable him to make an intelligent decision and decide to come back and receive a fair trial.
And I don't want anyone to suggest that we are trying to dictate the law no one gets to do that in the United States the rule of law trumps.
But this is what we're suggesting that would be a collaborative effort to try to provide the conditions that are not at all irregular.
To enable there to be a full and complete a trial in exposure of what was done what was the motivation and otherwise there have been other instances where.
Those accused of espionage have not been detained prior to trial.
A John Kerry got go and Daniel Ellsberg Samuel Morrison's good things like that was -- -- to the venue.
I remember that Timothy McVeigh was tried in Denver because he it was thought he couldn't get a fair trial in Oklahoma City.
And we just want to make certain that any decision that was made.
Was by a fully impartial jury.
Impartial judge not biased because of the circumstances of the location so we don't think that where suggesting that the conditions are all irregular.
-- but again they're not ultimatums are saying if you wanna go for -- here's a way to do it.
I have less than a minute let's just talk about this a little bit of concern is it is that.
Some of things that we're going on under this administration.
Were illegal Bruce you wanna talk about the fourth -- and very quickly is it exactly and we need to underscore that he and it democracy don't have secret law that was going on here for.
The seven years -- When we had so called secret law and an earlier administration it was disclosed ultimately by the New York Times congress the American people delivered -- come up with a new statute.
And the idea that this dictator program that has the NSA collecting metadata on every single American every single call is truly frightening.
Because it's based upon the assumption that we're all suspected terrorists and -- for all of our communications are relevant.
To a terrorist investigation.
That's not how we do things in the United States in a republic the people censure the government the government does not center the people.
And we already are thinking of trading.
-- -- a statute that would suggest some of these problems but that's the focus that Edwards -- wanted to get that the country on and that was sort of forced upon him because congress was irresponsible -- not disclosing this to the American people when they have under the constitution what's called the speech or debate clause privilege.
-- and able disclosures of of even classified information when necessary to call government wrongdoing to account.
And this was done years ago with regard to the Pentagon papers senator Mike -- -- 47 volumes of classified information.
Into the public record and that helped I think expose the government lies that brought the via the the Vietnam War to a speeder and more just conclusion it's -- -- -- I think that Edwards noted did what he did is what his father wants to make this.
A case not about Edwards known but who we are some people the right to be left alone from government snooping is a cherished right perhaps looser that you wish you -- -- Ronald Reagan when my personal heroes what would Reagan.
I think he would do like what he did in Iran Contra he had all the -- privileges a -- And he had a full complete investigation by congress I think that was the most fully cooperative executive that we've had.
In the last fifty years can -- write their respond thank you very much for joining us this morning.
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