Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor currently hiding out in Russia, tells "Wired" magazine: he wants to come back to the U.S., even if that means prison time.
Snowden says he told the government he'd volunteer for prison.
As long as "it served the right purpose."
He goes on to say the law shouldn't be a "political weapon" or scare people away from standing up for their rights.
Snowden got into trouble after he leaked several top-secret documents about government surveillance programs to the media.
The U.S. Government says he stole 1.7 million documents but he disputes that number and calls it "inflated."
Snowden also says he was only acting as a whistleblower and not as a spy for any foreign government.
The "Wired" article was released today.
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