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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Why Trump should pardon Snowden

[Source] Edward Snowden hopes that President Donald Trump will soon drop the case against the NSA whistleblower and allow him to return to the United States, says Snowden’s lawyer.

“We hope very much that the new U.S. president would show some weighted approach to the issue and make the one and only correct decision – to stop prosecution against Edward Snowden,” Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden’s Russian lawyer, told Russian media on Tuesday.

He added that Snowden was still a patriot and missed his country very much, noting that it was too early to talk about naturalization in the event that Snowden feels he cannot ever return to the US.

The Obama administration also formally denied clemency for Snowden last month, claiming that Snowden had “not filed paperwork to seek clemency from this administration.”

But Obama commented last November that a pardon for Snowden was unlikely.

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