Snowden’s father criticizes Congress, Obama over spy programs


Susan Heavey & Tabassum Zakaria
The Daily Star
July 26, 2013

The father of fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden on Friday criticized Congress for failing to rein in a sweeping surveillance program made public by his son and accused the Obama administration of pursuing him with a “zeal to punish.”

Lonnie Snowden has not had direct communication with his son since he fled to Hong Kong and then Russia, but sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday defending his son’s actions as similar to acts of civil disobedience.

“We thus find your administration’s zeal to punish Mr. Snowden’s discharge of civic duty to protect democratic processes and to safeguard liberty to be unconscionable and indefensible,” the letter to Obama said.

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