SNOWDEN: I want to add to this. I want to add is in terms of -- the president made the statement that Edward -- that the president had enacted whistle-blower laws that protected contractors like my son Edward, that is absolutely untrue. Either the president is being misled by his advisers or he is intentionally misleading the American people...
STEPHANOPOULOS: You don't think he would have been protected by the whistle blower status?
SNOWDEN: Absolutely not.
And maybe at some point, we should go through that. You know, just hypothetically, let's imagine that Edward Snowden said, wow, there's a problem -- let's say he got on an airline in Honolulu and he chose to fly to Washington, D.C., lands at Dulles and he actually gets an audience with, oh, let's say, Peter King or Dianne Feinstein, how do we think that he would have been received if he had a private audience with them? We have seen how they reacted, even when the truth comes out, they spin the truth, they try to hide it from the American people. He would have been buried under the capital. And we would have never known the truth.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Final question. I know you haven't been in direct contact with your son, but what do you know about his condition right now?
FEIN: I'll just say that having spoken with Anatoly Kucherena, who is his Russian attorney, Anatoly has said he's safe. He obviously is exhausted. But he's now needing a period of time where he can recoup his energy level and reflect on what he wishes to do going forward.
And that's from Mr. Kucherena. We hope to meet with him very soon with Edward in the next weeks.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Good luck with that. Thank you both for joining...
FEIN: Thank you.
SNOWDEN: Thank you, sir.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And let's bring in now the chairs of the congresses two foreign affairs committee, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, Republican congressman Ed Royce, the chairman of the House foreign affairs committee.
Senator, let me begin with you, you heard this from Lon Snowden, his attorney Bruce Fein, they don't believe that Ed Snowden could have gotten a fair hearing had he come to congress.
MENENDEZ: I don't think that's true.
Look, I as a father appreciate the vigorous defense that Mr. Snowden is providing for his son. But in my view, Ed Snowden is a fugitive who deserve to be in an American courtroom not in asylum in Russia. And I believe he would have gotten a fair hearing. As a matter of fact, all the time issues related to our government by whistle-blowers who come forth and bring those issues to the Congress' attention is often the venue for action. So the reality is, I don't think he needed to undermine America's national security to pursue whatever he thought his conscience led him to do. And I do believe there's a process by which he could have ultimately pursued his interest in a way that doesn't undermine the national security of the United States.
When we have our sources and methods known by our enemies, we undermine the national security of the United States. And I would just simply say, you know, it's easy since we have not, thank God, had an attack on American soil since September 11th, to deminimize the threat, but the threat is real, and the terrorists have to only get lucky once. We have to do it right 100 percent of the time. That's a tough stance (ph).