NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian
December 16, 2013

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.

An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent a surprising denouement to an international drama that has lasted half a year. It is particularly unexpected from a surveillance agency that has spent months insisting that Snowden’s disclosures have caused vast damage to US national security.

The NSA official in charge of assessing the alleged damage caused by Snowden’s leaks, Richard Ledgett, told CBS News an amnesty still remains controversial within the agency, which has spent the past six months defending itself against a global outcry and legislative and executive proposals to restrain its broad surveillance activities.

“My personal view is, yes, it’s worth having a conversation about,” Ledgett, who is under consideration to become the agency’s top civilian, said in an interview slated to air Sunday evening on 60 Minutes. “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 part.”

6 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Pam Dunn says:

    They are lying to you Snowden; Stay away and publish EVERYTHING; It’s TIME to embarrass this tyrannical government and shut down the spying on all the citizens.

  • Carl Mason says:

    release all the e mails and phone calls and the proof about who ordered the military to stand down before durning and after Benghazi.

  • Rattlerjake says:

    The only security that these documents threatens is that of the government and the illegal activities it is doing in the name of this nation. Snowden needs to stay away, they are using this amnesty as a way to get him on US soil and either imprison him or terminate him, like dozens of those that had association with the clintons, Breitbart, and others.

  • notislam says:

    Look at all the documents Hill gave to CHINA-RIGHT? What about all the taxes and weapons the guy in the WH has given to TERRORISTS? HE is the prime terrorist leading this nation to defeat —and CONGRESS DOES NOTHING!!
    Why would Snowden trust these low lifes? (or NSA either)

  • Old Highland Guy says:

    Edward, do not trust the NSA. It is a trick. You will either end up in prison or otherwise incapacitated.

    1. Hoodoo H says:

      Edward, this reeks of a lie.
      It’s a.trick and a trap.
      Stay safe brother.

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