Is Amnesty a Possibility for Snowden?

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Have you ever seen a more ominous building? Source: National Security Agency.

Edward Snowden, former National Security Agency contractor, is well known for his illegal release of government surveillance documents. “America is a fundamentally good country, but the structures of power that exist are working to their own ends to extend their capability at the expense of the freedom of all publics,” said Snowden in an interview with The Guardian, explaining some of the reasons behind his actions.

Currently, Snowden is in Russia where he has been given a years asylum by the Russian government — but his future is as yet uncertain. Recently, the head of the NSA task force in charge of the issue, Richard Ledgett, spoke on 60 Minutes. In the interview, Ledgett said that amnesty for Snowden wasn’t out of the question so long as he turned over additional unreleased information, according to USA Today.

My personal view is, yes, it’s worth having a conversation about [amnesty]. I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured, and my bar for those assurances would be very high. It would be more than just an assertion on his party,” Ledgett said in the interview. Not all within the government shared this sentiment — specifically General Keith Alexander, the current director of the NSA.

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