Aug. 7 - The father of NSA leaker Edward Snowden says the Obama administration's attempt to use his son in its bilateral relations with Russia is misdirected. Nathan Frandino reports.
STORY: The White House is bringing in NSA leaker Edward Snowden into the latest tit-for-tat with Russia. President Barack Obama is cancelling an upcoming meeting with his counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in part due to Moscow's recently granted asylum for the former defense contractor. Snowden's father, Lon, says that the Obama administration is missing the point. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LON SNOWDEN, FATHER OF EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "This isn't about Russia. That's misdirection. The fight is right here. The fight is about these programs that violate our constitutional right." Edward Snowden revealed in June details of the NSA's domestic and international surveillance programs, which include the collection of phone call logs and other metadata. Lon Snowden says if Congress had applied oversight to the NSA, then his son would not be in this situation. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LON SNOWDEN, FATHER OF EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "I have a greater understanding, and I believe there is far more to come forward. And those cowards, the folks on those intel committees who refuse to look at these issues, to initiate anything of a real investigation, they want to focus on Edward Snowden. It's very important that this be vetted." The older Snowden plans to visit his son in Russia as soon as possible, but vows to return to the U.S. so that he can continue pressuring Congress on the NSA.