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The father of leaker Edward Snowden has said he believes his son would return to the US on certain conditions.

Lon Snowden asked for "ironclad assurances" his son's rights would be protected in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, seen by the BBC.

He asked his son not be held before trial nor subjected to a gag order, and be able to choose where he was tried.

Edward Snowden, who faces spy charges in the US, flew to Moscow last weekend and has requested asylum in Ecuador.

"Mr Snowden is reasonably confident that his son would voluntarily return to the United States if there were ironclad assurances that his constitutional rights would be honored," said the letter by Lon Snowden's lawyer, Bruce Fein. Exploited by Wikileaks?

The correspondence also requested for the case against the former intelligence contractor to be dismissed in the event that any of the three conditions were not met.

" He also voiced concern his son was being exploited by Wikileaks. but Russia says that in staying there. Mr Snowden said his son had broken the law. if you've looked at past history. but I am concerned about those who surround him. you know. "He has in fact broken US law. "I think Wikileaks.The BBC's Steve Rosenberg explores the hotel Edward Snowden is believed to be in Earlier on Friday. "I don't want to put him in peril. the diplomatic fallout from the affair continued as a US envoy accused China of "misbehaviour" for allowing Mr Snowden to leave. their focus isn't necessarily the constitution of the United States. in a sense that he has released classified information. but denied he was a traitor. Snowden has not formally entered the country . which has offered legal assistance to the 30-year-old. where Russian authorities say he remains in a transit zone. It's simply to release as much information as possible. Continue reading the main story Transit zones: A legal grey area Sheremetyevo airport transit area is Russian sovereign territory. "At this point I don't feel that he's committed treason. On Friday. Lon Snowden told NBC News he had not spoken to his son since April." Chinese 'misbehaviour' Mr Snowden flew last Sunday from Hong Kong to Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. a month before he fled to Hong Kong after leaking to media details of a huge US snooping programme." he said." he said.

Russian authorities complained on Friday the US had not informed them in time that Mr Snowden's passport had been revoked. Russian President Vladimir Putin this week refused to hand over Mr Snowden to Washington." an unnamed Russian official told Interfax news agency. saying he was a "free man". the US consul general in Hong Kong. it could implicate the state in helping a fugitive. Beijing has accused the US of "double standards" on cybersecurity. then possibly Mr Snowden might not have flown to Moscow and this entire story might never have happened. analysts say How to travel without a passport "I don't think we had a good-faith partner throughout that process. "If this fact had been known in advance. Late on Thursday. placing Moscow in a "tough spot". which would require an entry visa If Russia allowed Mr Snowden to enter. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro repeated his offer of sanctuary to the US fugitive. warning of repercussions. and that it had no legal basis to stop Mr Snowden travelling to Russia. an arriving air passenger may be said to "cross the border" only after clearing immigration. Ecuador says it has not yet processed the former US National Security Agency contractor's request for asylum." said Stephen Young.Legally. . The city's government has said the US arrest paperwork had clerical errors.

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