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ERIC HOLDER TO RUSSIA: We Will Not Torture Or Seek The Death Penalty For Edward Snowden [View all]

ERIC HOLDER TO RUSSIA: We Will Not Torture Or Seek The Death Penalty For Edward Snowden

Brett LoGiurato

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to the Russian minister of justice assuring the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for National Security Agency leak source Edward Snowden if he is returned to the U.S.

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"We also understand from press reports that Mr. Snowden has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on the grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty," Holder wrote in the letter to Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov.

"These claims are entirely without merit."

Holder explained that the charges Snowden currently faces in the U.S. do not carry the possibility of being charged with the death penalty... Snowden was charged with three felonies that each carry a maximum of 10 years in prison: Theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person.

Holder went on to say that the U.S. would not torture Snowden because, simply, it is unlawful in the U.S.

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http://www.businessinsider.com/edward-snowden-russia-asylum-death-penalty-torture-eric-holder-2013-7

Full letter at the link.

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