Edward Snowden ready to return to US if guaranteed to receive fair trial — lawyer

Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US on the condition of receiving a fair trial, Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told journalists on Tuesday, presenting his book "Time of the Octopus."

Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US on the condition of receiving a fair trial, Snowden’s lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told journalists on Tuesday, presenting his book "Time of the Octopus."

"Edward Snowden is ready to return to the US, but on the condition that he will be given guarantees on receiving a fair and impartial trial," Kucherena said.

Snowden's lawyers are working on the legal aspect of his return to the US, he went on to say.

"We, together with a group of lawyers from other countries, are working on the issue of his return to the US," Kucherena said.

The lawyer said Snowden did not plan to stay in Russia when he was flying from China to Cuba. "Snowden was en route to Havana, but Americans blocked him here [in Russia], annulling his passport. After that, Snowden refused to meet with representative of US special services, and they [representatives] became furious and told me that they are ready to restore his passport only for his flight to the US," Kucherena said.

First published by TASS.

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