Snowden Strikes Again: Brits Accused of Spying on G-20


Snowden's Father Asks Him to Come Home

Snowden's father, Lonnie, defended his son's integrity in a Fox News report today but pleaded with him to "not release any secrets that could constitute treason."

"I would like to see Ed come home and face this," the elder Snowden said, saying he has faith in the U.S. justice system. "I shared that with the government when I spoke with them. I love my son."

Later, Lonnie Snowden seemed to echo his son's concerns over U.S. surveillance programs.

"I don't want them reading my email… If we say, 'Oh my gosh, we're going to have to… sacrifice our freedoms because of the threat of terrorism,' well, the terrorists have already won because it's our freedoms that make us Americans," he said.

Turkey, Russia React to G-20 Report

The Turkish government said yesterday it asked the U.K. for a "satisfying" answer about the reported surveillance program, which allegedly targeted the Turkish finance minister.

"If a news report claiming that the British government eavesdropped on Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek and his delegation during the G-20 finance ministers' meeting in London in 2009 proves to be true, this would be a scandal which would obviously be unacceptable for Turkey," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement according to Turkey's Hurriyet Daily.

Though a Russian lawmaker reportedly also referred to The Guardian's assertions as the makings of a "scandal," Viktor Ozerov, chairman of the Russian Federation Council's Defense and Security Committee was quoted in the Russian state press as saying, "There is no need to dramatize the situation."

"Intelligence services exist no just to spy on private individuals, but also on heads of state," he said.

A spokesperson for the GCHQ told ABC News of Sunday's report from The Guardian, "We do not comment on intelligence matters."

READ: The Guardian Report on GCHQ's Alleged Diplomatic Spying

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