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US Congress and White House reject clemency for Edward Snowden

The US Congress and the White House have rejected clemency for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

“Mr. Snowden violated US law. He should return to the US and face justice,” said White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer.

Edward Snowden, 30, asked for international help to persuade the US to drop spying charges against him in a letter given to a German politician.

He fled to Russia in June after leaking details of far-reaching US telephone and internet espionage.

Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum, allowing him to live in Russia until July 2014.

In a surprise move last week, German Green MP Hans-Christian Stroebele met Edward Snowden in Moscow and revealed the former intelligence contractor’s readiness to brief the German government on NSA’s spying.

Edward Snowden set out his position in a letter, which Hans-Christian Stroebele showed to reporters at a news conference in Berlin on Friday.

The US Congress and the White House have rejected clemency for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden

The US Congress and the White House have rejected clemency for former NSA analyst Edward Snowden

“Speaking the truth is not a crime,” Edward Snowden wrote. He claimed that the US government was persecuting him by charging him with espionage.

On Sunday, the White House said that no offers for clemency were being discussed.

This view was echoed by the Republican Congressman Mike Rogers and Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein.

Dianne Feinstein said that if Edward Snowden had been a true whistleblower, he could have reported privately to her committee, but had chosen not to.


“We would have seen him and we would have looked at that information. That didn’t happen, and now he’s done this enormous disservice to our country,” Senator Dianne Feinstein said in an interview on CBS television.

“I think the answer is no clemency,” she said.

The scale of the alleged US espionage has provoked international concern and calls for tighter supervision.

Reports that the US bugged German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone for years have caused a diplomatic rift.

The head of US intelligence has defended the monitoring of foreign leaders as a key goal of operations but the US is facing growing anger over reports it spied on its allies abroad.

It has also been reported that the NSA monitored French diplomats in Washington and at the UN, and that it conducted surveillance on millions of French and Spanish telephone calls, among other operations against US allies.

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