Snowden adviser says he would love to return to U.S. if conditions are right

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“I think he should have stayed in the United States and been willing to stand up for his beliefs,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat, told “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Obama and other administration officials have said publicly that if Mr. Snowden returns to the U.S., he will be afforded all the rights and protections of the American judicial system.

Ms. Radack, however, doubts that would be the case.

“The very fact that he’s been charged under the espionage act shows that it would not be a fair trial. Those trials take place largely in secret,” she said.

Also on Sunday, a German magazine published the latest revelations about the NSA, reporting that one of its divisions consists of hackers who aid in spy operation by intercepting computer messages, defeating encryption technologies and, in one case, even listening in on Microsoft’s internal reporting system.

Although Der Spiegel did not divulge its sources, it previously published exclusive articles based on Mr. Snowden’s leaks. Citing internal NSA documents, the report blows the lid off a division called Tailored Access Operations, which describes its mission as “Getting the ungettable.”

Among the James Bond-type gadgets TAO uses are computer monitor cables modified to record what is being typed across the screen and fake base stations intended to intercept mobile phone signals.

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