According to his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena, Edward Snowden will return to the U.S. if he guaranteed a fair trial. Here you can read that coverage by USA Today reporter John Bacon.
After hearing this, we wonder if the documentary film "CitizenFour" was made to position and package Snowden as a good guy. That would pave the way for the court of public opinion to support the defendant in a trial.
As we know, the courts of public opinion and that of law tend to intersect. I was convinced that public policy issues helped to get the historic Rhode Island lead paint litigation tossed. Here is that verdict from the RI Supreme Court Download Statev.LeadIndustriesAssoc.,Inc.
Throughout "CitizenFour," Snowden comes across as a kind of mild Clark Kent sort of character. His concern about American values of freedom and privacy then transform him into a the kind of Superman who will take on the policies and procedures of U.S. government. Rather than being a egotistical rogue, he is portrayed as a kind of patriot. He did not seem to cultivate media or any other kind of attention.
If Snowden does return and there is a trial, that could be the legal event of the 21st century. Also, it could be part of Snowden's agenda to make public the security activities of the U.S. government. Every media outlet would be following what goes on in that courtroom. What better global forum for his message?