Snowden: I'm Willing to Serve Prison Time
NSA Whistleblower is 'still waiting' to hear from authorities
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 4:00 PM CDT
In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is in Moscow, is seen on a giant screen during a live video conference.   (AP Photo/Charles Platiau, Pool, File)

(Newser) – Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower on the lam? Indeed, but he's also willing to return to the US and serve time if authorities will cut him a deal, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the BBC show "Panorama," Snowden says he's offered to make such a plea deal. "I've volunteered to go to prison with the government many times," he says. "What I won’t do is I won’t serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations." In other words, he won't be tried without a judge and serve at least 30 years under the Espionage Act. "So far they've said they won't torture me, which is a start, I think," he adds, per the AP. "But we haven't gotten much further than that."