Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, still holed up in Russia, is in talks with US authorities to return to his home country to face trial over the alleged leaks detailing America’s spy techniques and capabilities, according to The Times.
Quoting Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, the paper revealed that an American and German legal team are currently seeking to agree details.
Kicherena said: “I won’t keep it secret that he . . . wants to return home, and we are doing everything possible now to solve this issue. There is a group of US lawyers, there is also a group of German lawyers and I’m dealing with it on the Russian side.
“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial.”
A former contractor for the national Security Agency Snowden has been on the run for the past 18 months, during which time a steady stream of top secret files have been leaked to the world’s media.
Russia has granted Snowden safe sanctuary from US authorities despite repeated requests for his extradition.