US DENIES CLEMENCY TO NSA LEAKER EDWARD SNOWDEN

Fox News on November 3, 2013, reported that a plea for clemency made by Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who fled to Russia after leaking classified information about surveillance methods used by the United States, was rejected by the White House as well as the heads of the top intelligence agencies in the country. Excerpts below:

That’s the message Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer relayed on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that no such offers for clemency are being discussed and that Snowden should return to the U.S. and face charges.

“Look, Mr. Snowden violated U.S. law,” Pfeiffer said. “Our belief has always been that he should return to the U.S. and face justice.”

Pfeiffer’s comments were echoed by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein of California and Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan who called clemency for Snowden “a terrible idea.”

Feinstein says Snowden broke the law, when he could have privately reported his revelations to her committee.

“I would welcome Snowden being brought back here,” said former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden,…

Rogers calls clemency for Snowden a “terrible idea.”

Snowden, who has temporary asylum in Russia, made the plea in a letter released on November 1.

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