Stokes travelled from his father's home in New Zealand to Dubai on Saturday and is currently in quarantine ahead of meeting up with his new team to continue their campaign in the Msa, which began in September and ends in November. It has been a difficult time for us as a family, but we've pulled together and supported each other as best we can.
He looks even younger than his 32 years and shows no outward of all that he has been through, albeit of his own doing. He's not coming home," says Gen Michael Hayden. The first question from just about everybody was, "What's he like?
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He looked trim, fit and healthy. We understood he was reluctant as he was not enamoured of the way he feels he has been treated by the British media - with the exception of The Guardianwhere his leaks were published. Or he can spend many years behind bars in the US. We were told to go Moscow, check into a hotel, provide a room and on a set date and at a set time, Edward Snowden would come and knock on the door.
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I'll be with you in 15 minutes. First, we had to persuade Edward Snowden to do the interview. Fit and healthy Then, while Howard and the crew were setting up, the phone in the hotel room rang. Edward Snowden faces a future between a rock and hard place.
Stokes travelled from his father's home in New Zealand to Dubai on Saturday and is currently in quarantine ahead of meeting up with his new team to continue their campaign in the IPL, which began in September and ends in November. We considered doing a Skype interview but decided we should try for a face-to-face meeting, as there is no substitute for interviewer and interviewee looking each other in the eye.
He finally agreed. He is driven by a single conviction that his actions were right and the public should know what is done in its name. He was engaging, personable and clearly highly intelligent.
He told me I have a duty to do the job that I do and I have a duty as a husband and father as well," Stokes added. We never spoke to him directly but worked through intermediaries, where necessary using encrypted s. Nevertheless, he remains unrepentant about what he has done. He was aware of the forthcoming parliamentary debate and wanted to engage with the issues surrounding it.
We said that we wanted to interview him as part of that debate.
Edward Snowden faces charges under the same act should he return. He was carrying a rucksack and dressed in black.
I didn't recognise him at first as he wasn't wearing the glasses that have made him a recognisable figure the world over, almost approaching Che Guevara status. Waiting with an empty chair was the worst bit, fearing that the chair may remain empty and we would return to London without an interview.
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It has been a difficult time for us as a family, but we've pulled together and supported each other as best we can. In the end we were told he hotep prepared to consider an interview but only if he was part of the wider debate.
For reasons of security, given that we were working in Vladimir Putin's Russia, we never told anybody at home what we were doing. He can spend the rest of his days in Russia, courtesy of President Putin.
More on this story. He refuses to accept that he has done damage, something the intelligence agencies dispute. It was only when we were safely out of Russia with the interview that we felt free to say what we had done.