Russia Is Keeping Snowden
Eric Holder says he'd 'engage' with Snowden's lawyers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 24, 2014 7:52 AM CST
This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/The Guardian)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden is free to keep on enjoying Russian hospitality. Russia won't send Snowden back to the US, and will extend his asylum when the initial year it granted him runs out, the head of the Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee said today in Davos, according to CNN. In an online chat yesterday, Snowden said that returning to the US would be "the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it's unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws."

"There are so many holes in the laws, the protections they afford are so weak … that they appear to be intended to discourage reporting of even the clearest wrongdoing," he added. At around the same time, Eric Holder told MSNBC that if Snowden "wanted to come back to the United States and enter a plea, we would engage with his lawyers," Politico reports. But he added that they'd do the same for any defendant, and said that clemency was out of the question.

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Feb 5, 2014 6:17 PM CST
It's okay for Holder to break federal laws, refusing to enforce DOMA, but it's not okay for Snowden to reveal unconstitutional spying practices. No wonder we no longer hold the law, lawyers, and judges in high respect.
Jan 26, 2014 10:26 AM CST
It sounds to me like Edward is getting ' HOMESICK' ! . Never been away from home/mommy for so long before have you Eddy baby ?.
Jan 25, 2014 1:01 PM CST
I have visited Russia many times. People are People. I find Snowden made the right choice. People are friendly there and the food is good. When Snowden gets a fair hearing, after 2016 both sides of the case will be heard and we will really know what was happening in 2013 under NSA.