White House: No Clemency for Snowden

Mystery surrounds leaker's new job
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2013 1:50 AM CST
White House: No Clemency for Snowden
Former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden looks over his shoulder during a boat trip on the Moscow River.   (AP Photo/LifeNews via Rossia 24 TV channel)

Edward Snowden says he hopes international pressure will persuade the US government to stop "persecuting" him with espionage charges but he appears to have as much hope of receiving clemency as he does of getting his old job back. The NSA leaker "violated US law," White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer says. "He should return to the US and face justice." Snowden released a manifesto yesterday denouncing mass surveillance and saying that telling the truth shouldn't be considered a crime, NBC reports.

"We have a moral duty to ensure that our laws and values limit surveillance programs and protect human rights," Snowden wrote. But the White House's rejection of clemency was backed by the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees, with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein accusing Snowden of doing an "enormous disservice to our country," reports the Guardian. For now, Snowden will remain in Russia, where has been granted temporary asylum and reportedly started a new job. A major Russian website that offered Snowden a job earlier this year says he isn't working for them and other leading Internet firms also deny having him on the payroll, the Wall Street Journal notes. (Read more Edward Snowden stories.)

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