Holder: We Won't Try to Kill Snowden, Promise
Russia and US 'in talks' over fugitive leaker's fate
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2013 10:06 AM CDT
In this July 25, 2013 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks in Philadelphia. Holder tells Russia US won't seek death penalty for Edward Snowden.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – Come on home, Edward Snowden; the Obama administration promises not to try to execute you or anything! Eric Holder has sent a letter to Russian authorities promising that if they extradite Snowden he won't be charged with any capital offenses, and that even if he were, the administration would not pursue the death penalty, the AP reports. Holder says he sent the July 23 letter in response to news that Snowden's asylum application argued that he would be tortured and killed if returned to the US.

A Vladimir Putin spokesman today said that the FBI and FSB are "in talks" over Snowden's fate, the BBC reports, and he reiterated that Putin is determined to avoid any damage to US-Russian relations. But he also added that Russia "will not hand anyone over."

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Holder: We Won't Try to Kill Snowden, Promise is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 79 comments
Aug 5, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
Holder is owned by corporate media, lobbyists, and all the other buyers of pols. Snowden already knows this and is probably laughing at this latest plea.
Jul 29, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
would you buy a used car from this man?????
Jul 28, 2013 3:08 PM CDT
Do you really think Edward Snowden is going to believe or trust this admiration HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Hey Snowden stay in Russia your better off there..