The Guardian newspaper quoted Ben Wizner, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union and legal adviser to Snowden, responding to Kerry’s comments. Wizner said it would be impossible for Snowdon to argue that his disclosures had served the common good if he returned home to face the current Espionage Act charges.
He also said Snowden would run the risk of facing numerous additional charges for each document that has been published.
“The exposure that he faces is virtually unlimited under this,” Wizner said.
In one odd moment in the NBC interview, Snowden expressed sympathy for working-level NSA employees who have been castigated as a result of his leaks.
“People have demonized the NSA to a point that’s too extreme,” he said, adding that the problem is with senior-level officials who expand their surveillance powers without public debate.