A man jumps a fence at the White House in Washington on Nov. 26, 2015.
Vanessa Pena—AP
November 29, 2015 6:08 PM EST

A lawyer for Joseph Caputo, the flag-draped 23-year-old accused of scaling a White House fence on Thanksgiving, told NBC News Sunday that his client was a “politically-conscious young man” who was simply trying to “deliver a message.”

It was a message, said the lawyer, Stephan Seeger, that “addresses the issues of education, the judiciary, the legal system. It’s a writing I suspect was earmarked for the government to see.”

Court documents have stated that Caputo left a suicide note, though Seeger said that “couldn’t be further from the truth.” Caputo’s words, he said, had been mischaracterized.

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