'This Week' Transcript: Lon Snowden, Donald Trump

RADDATZ: Well, you know, some officials I've talked to wish that a deal could be struck with Snowden that would bring him back to the U.S. Make no mistake. One official said Snowden has done irrefutable damage. The more the terrorists know how we can monitor them, the less we will be able to. And that is the single most important asset we have.

But some officials say we don't know all of what Snowden has, we don't want him in the hands of the Russians. And whatever message it would send by making a deal with them, he's already gotten the president of the United States to make some changes.

But the Justice Department has given no indication a deal is in the works.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But some pushing for it. OK, Martha, thanks very much.

Now to the exclusive interview with Edward Snowden's father Lon Snowden, the family's lawyer, Bruce Fein. Thank you both for joining us this morning.

You just heard there some U.S. officials, according to Martha Raddatz, believe that a deal may be in the United States' interest. Do you think that's something your son is open to?

SNOWDEN: I can tell you that I'm not open it. And that's what I'll share with my son in terms of a plea deal at this point..

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're not open to it.

SNOWDEN: Not open to it. At this point, what I would like is for this to be vetted in open court for the American people to have all of the facts. What I have seen is much political theater. I was disappointed in the president's press conference. I believe that's driven by his clear understanding that the American people are absolutely unhappy with what they've learned and that more is going to be forthcoming.

So again, and I believe much of what he suggested is superficial. We can go over that point by point if you would like, but a deal -- the only deal will be true justice. You know, justice should be the goal of our government and is also the goal of a civil society.

FEIN: Those are the words of James Madison.

I could make these points, George. Number one, we now have a date for visiting Moscow.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're going to Moscow?

FEIN: We have visas, we have a date, which we won't disclose right now because of the frenzy.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But it's imminent?

FEIN: Very soon. And we intend to visit with Edward and suggest criminal defense attorneys who have got experience in Espionage Act prosecutions. There have only been ten in over 100 years. We think, also, it's especially important to go back to what President Obama said about Edward not being a patriot. It was the voice of the American revolution, Thomas Payne who defined a patriot as someone who saves his country from his government.

And we also heard about the alleged disasters that would ensue to the United States because of what Edward has done. Let's go back to the Bradley Manning case, when it came to the damage phase, the United States conceded not one person has been injured and impaired because of what Bradley Manning disclosed.

STEPHANOPOULOS: What was your reaction when you heard the president say your son is not a patriot?

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