Attorney General Eric Holder tells Russians US won't seek death penalty for Edward Snowden

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  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 10:53 PM

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

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tmauelJul. 26, 13 5:35 PM

Obama will not execute the man who revealed the internal spy program that half the U.S. House voted to stop just yesterday. This illegal spying by Obama violates portions of the fourth, first, and fifth amendments to the constitution and Snowden should be granted a full pardon for revealing the illegal actions of the NSA.

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brotherkennyJul. 26, 13 6:21 PM

The torture part sounds like it still applies. That's always good to know as our government increases it's scrutiny of each of us. I can't imagine Putin being concerned about the death penalty or torture though. I suspect his decision will be based on something else. In fact, it seems a rather insignificant issue for him to even consider, you know, because he is not the president of the US and one would presume he has better things to concentrate on. That assumes he in fact is intending to provide the service to his country that he was elected to provide. Actually, it seems an insignificant thing for our government to be so concerned about too, because Snowden has probably done us a favor. It would be more than appropriate for us to get at least congressional oversight on the NSA and this revelation may provide the impetus for that. I don't care who is in the white house, it's not good to have secret police spying on citizens.

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hobie2Jul. 26, 13 7:17 PM

We won't kill you, we promise... torture? oh, we don't torture people... waterboarding isn't torture... sleep deprivation until you scream yourself hoarse as you go mad hallucinating isn't torture... we may used enhanced interrogation techniques and when done, arrange it so your life functions cease, but we won't kill or torture you. Promise... We are an open, individual rights and freedoms loving society whose citizens keeps their government in tight check... Oh.. you did work for NSA, didn't you?... so you're not believing a word of this...

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orpheus90Jul. 26, 13 8:38 PM

Wonder what took so long for the Russians to come around? Snowden is a walking US intelligence Easter basket. Hard to imagine Putin, an old KGB hand, passing up the opportunity to check out the eggs. The big story that's not being told - namely, what Snowden is giving up to gain passage into Russia - leads me to wonder what the Russians believe Snowden knows that they don't. (Or more likely, what Snowden has hinted he knows as a part of his negotiation with the Russians.) One thing is clear: everything Snowden knows has now become a bargaining chip. He'll never return to the US as long as he's alive, so what has he got to lose?

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