Snowden Reacts To Trump’s Remarks About A Potential Pardon | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
The president said that many believe that the ex-NSA contractor, who leaked classified data, was treated &# 171; unfair&# 187;
US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering pardoning former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is living in Russia, for organizing large-scale intelligence leaks in 2013..
Earlier this week, Trump was interviewed by the New York Post in which he stated that “there are many people” who believe American law enforcement agencies treated Snowden “unfairly.”.
“I will start to look into this matter,” Trump told reporters at a press conference at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, commenting on a possible pardon..
For several years, the American authorities have sought the return of Snowden to the United States, where he would stand trial on charges of espionage..
Snowden fled the United States and took asylum in Russia after he leaked an array of classified files to the media in 2013, revealing extensive NSA surveillance operations inside the United States and abroad..
Edward Snowden (archive photo)
Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told RIA Novosti that the United States should not only pardon him, but stop any prosecution, since he did not commit any crimes.
Trump’s softening of his stance on Snowden is in stark contrast to his previous statements. Shortly after the leaks, Trump called him “a spy who must be executed”.
Trump said on Saturday that, from his point of view, Americans’ views of Snowden, both on the right and on the left of the political spectrum, are divided..
“It seems that this decision will be received ambiguously,” Trump told reporters. – Many people think that it needs to be treated differently. Others think that he has done very bad things. “.
Last September, the US Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Snowden, claiming that his memoir, Permanent Record, published last year violated non-disclosure agreements..
The ministry said Snowden published the book without sending it to intelligence agencies for verification, noting that Snowden’s speeches also violated non-disclosure agreements..
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