The former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, currently residing in Russia, confirmed that he would return to the United States if Washington guaranteed him a fair trial.
Snowden spoke via Skype from Russia Saturday, at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum.
He said he asked for a guarantee of a fair trial where he can make “a public interest defense” then have jurors decide his case.
In 2013, Snowden leaked details of a secret government eavesdropping program and left the country. The same year, Russia granted the whistleblower temporary asylum for one year. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia.
He faces U.S. charges that could land him in prison for up to 30 years.