Snowden’s father pleads ‘don’t commit treason, come home and face this’

As the national debate rages on about whether NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is a national hero or a traitor, to his father he is simply his son.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Lonnie Snowden, father of ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, made an impassioned plea for son not to do anything “treasonous” and to “come home and face this,” the Independent Journal Review reported.

While defending his son’s integrity and criticizing the government, he pleaded with his son — who is thought to be in Hong Kong — to return home and not to leak more information.

In a message meant for his son’s ears, Snowden told Fox News: “I hope, I pray and I ask that you will not release any secrets that could constitute treason.”

He added: “I sense that you’re under much stress [from] what I’ve read recently, and [ask] that you not succumb to that stress … and make a bad decision.”

Snowden told Fox News’ Eric Bolling that he would rather see his son return to the U.S. and face the U.S. justice system than stay abroad. “I would like to see Ed come home and face this. I shared that with the government when I spoke with them. I love my son.”

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