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John Kerry responds to Edward Snowden: 'Man up' and return home


NSA leaker Edward Snowden is getting a lot of attention for his high-profile interview with NBC's Brian Williams. The network also got a response from Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday morning's Today show. Kerry wasn't terribly sympathetic to Snowden's assertion that the U.S. forced him to stay in Russia by revoking his passport. "For a supposedly smart guy, that's a pretty dumb answer," Kerry said. "If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States, we'll have him on a flight today."

Kerry argued that Snowden should "come back and make his case" — in fact, he essentially dared him to "man up and come back to the United States." The "fugitive from justice" would be tried for his alleged crimes, Kerry added, but "if he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust the American system of justice." Don't expect Snowden to rise to the challenge.