The verdict has already been decided.
Well, yeah, his open betrayal of his country was a pretty solid confession on it's own. He's not pretending to not be breaking the law, he thinks he's more important than the law. He thinks the average citizen is qualified to know what he knew and judge the actions of others based on it. He was and is wrong, and he's a pussy for fleeing to Russia. If you think you're innocent or in the right, or dealing justice, you don't run.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead