National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Wednesday he has not been offered a fair trial in the United States.
"I would love to go back and face a fair trial, but unfortunately ... there is no fair trial available, on offer right now," Snowden said during a talk at Canada's Ryerson University. The event was organized by the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.
The whistleblower spoke via a live chat from Russia where he has been granted temporary asylum.
“I've been working exhaustively with the government now since I left to try to find terms of a trial,” Snowden said.
Earlier this week Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said he was prepared to return to the United States.
"Edward Snowden is ready to go there [to the United States]," said Kucherena.
The lawyer has said he received a letter from the U.S. attorney general promising that capital punishment would be off the table for Snowden should he return to the United States.
Snowden’s lawyer added that he and his client are under constant surveillance.
In June 2013, Snowden leaked thousands of documents that showed not only that the NSA spied on U.S. citizens, but also on foreign presidents, such as those of Germany, Mexico, and Brazil.