Report: Russia Willing To Extradite NSA Spy Edward Snowden…

President Obama previously requested Snowden’s return, Russia said no. Obama was angry. Now that President Obama is out of office Russia wants to give Snowden back, and President Trump has never even asked for him. Apparently, Snowden has worn out his welcome.

snowden-2(Via NBC News) U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a “gift” to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a “spy” and a “traitor” who deserves to be executed.

That’s according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to “curry favor” with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.

[…] The White House had no comment, but the Justice Department told NBC News it would welcome the return of Snowden, who currently faces federal charges that carry a minimum of 30 years in prison. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said talk about returning Snowden is “nonsense.” (read more)

 

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164 Responses to Report: Russia Willing To Extradite NSA Spy Edward Snowden…

  1. SoCal Patriot says:

    Snowden is right…if he was spying for Russia, they would not turn him over to the USA where he faces a long prison sentence.

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    • John Galt says:

      I think Snowden has always been a US agent. He revealed almost nothing new and the USA didn’t bag him in Hong Kong. I would reevaluate my opinion if he’s extradited, tried and jailed for 30 years.

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    • tellthetruth2016 says:

      He can Trade Soros and Putin can even Keep Snowden …..

      Liked by 13 people

    • Kokanee says:

      This is so good…. winning! Trump sends a letter to China with best wishes during the Lateran Festival… then calls and makes nice and now China has a much better attitude toward the USA. Now Russia, like the jealous step child, offers up Snowden because China was getting too friendly. This is just so much fun to watch. The art of the deal.

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    • PNWLifer says:

      Why does Putin need to “curry favor” with President Trump? The media has told us that Putin LOVES Trump and even rigged the election so he would win.

      Liked by 8 people

    • mike says:

      It’s an interesting situation. The Russians are probably tired of their plaything and gift/trade/propaganda value is what’s left.

      If we get Snowden back,the contradictions of his treason case will be the hottest since Ex Parte Merryman

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      • whoseyore says:

        Maybe he can cut a deal and spill his guts with all of the democratic secrets he is privy to.

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      • wondering999 says:

        OK this was new to me also. That poor man! What could Merryman have done?! Civil war was horrible
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ex_parte_Merryman
        “Following the Maryland legislature’s April 29 directive that Maryland not be used as a passage for troops attacking the South, Governor Hicks allegedly ordered the state militia to demolish several state railroad bridges (Bush River bridge and Gunpowder River bridge). Militia Lieutenant John Merryman was arrested on May 25 by order of Brigadier General William High Keim of the United States Volunteers, for his role in destroying these bridges. Merryman was charged with treason and being a commissioned lieutenant in an organization intending armed hostility toward the government.”

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    • infidel9032 says:

      Nonsense. Study your history of spies. Russia has drained Snowden of everything of intelligence value to include the 1.7 MILLION classified documents he stole. He is now costing them money, political capital and can offer no further intelligence information. He will either be dead or returned to the US to stand trial and serve a life sentence.

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  2. Edward says:

    President Trump has this one wrong……Snowden is a hero to all liberty loving Americans.

    Liked by 20 people

    • I’m afraid I agree. He broke the law, but he showed us how corrupt our government truly was, spying on every single american citizen, keeping a file on them… horrifying stuff.

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      • Sue in MT says:

        Yes, ask Snowden where all these Trump Adminstration leaks are coming from. My guess, rogue elements in the NSA!

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        • Charlie says:

          Administration leaks are planned or planted as bait. Remember President Elect Trump was briefed by CIA and NSA regarding Russian dossier? No one knew about the meeting not even his trusted assistant. Trump knew who was leaking immediately and later called them on it.

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    • SoCal Patriot says:

      He is going to jail for a long time.

      Liked by 2 people

      • bertdilbert says:

        If Snowden showed the government breaking the law, then he should do equal jail time or less than that is served as government employees that were involved in breaking the law.

        Liked by 11 people

        • MikeH says:

          That is a FANTASTIC suggestion

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        • All American Snowflake says:

          The nasty cabal of government-employee lawbreakers would definitely have to include Obama and SoS Clinton. Obama encouraged a lot of corruption while in office and boy did he benefit from it, and I’m not talking about Candy Crowley. Would Obama have been elected if we had known or ever knew the truth about all the lies, lies, lies.

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    • SteveFrench says:

      I used to think the same but you have to consider that there may be info of something deeper going on that Trump knows. He’s shown he has very good Intel sources even as far back as the primaries. It will be interesting to see how it plays out

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    • Marc says:

      I have mixed feelings but feel he overall did what needed to be done. My main issue with those on the Right are how they completely dismiss what Snowden revealed. Too many conservatives behave in an overly partisan way and forget that the Constitution applies to our political adversaries too. The US broke the law, international, Hague level laws, and it’s sad that conservatives don’t even acknowledge that the Bush administration was in the wrong.

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    • Why does Trump have a problem with someone who started the Draining of the Swamp? Very very disappointed in this mixed signal from our new president. Makes me question just how independent our “outsider” is. Did they get to him? Trillions at stake. World supremacy at stake. All I know is Trump has taken the DC Insider, big government side on this one. Red flag.

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      • Bob Kalle says:

        We have to not be like the democrats and progressives that are relativistic. We have to be consistent. If we are a society of laws we have to abide with them all the time. I agree that he might have helped pull the curtain back, and maybe the government needs to be held accountable also. We have to figure out how to make this work.

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      • whoseyore says:

        He is probably just going to get him home to allow him to share his knowledge.

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    • Keln says:

      Snowden was a fool, but not a traitor. Every indication is that he had pure motivations. But he didn’t make the right choices when it came to doing something about it. He ignored all of the legal avenues and just leaked classified information.

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      • Sherlock says:

        That is where I come down on this. Before taking the extraordinary action of deciding to publish reams of classified documents on the grounds that they reveal illegality, one would be well advised to explore all legal avenues first. Now, perhaps that would have been unavailing, but if Snowden gets a walk, then the next step will be to also immunize those who have a mistaken, but good faith belief, that the documents/secrets they steal and leak reveal illegality. Snowden broke the law, and as far as I know it is no defense that he revealed illegal government action. Were that a defense, Snowden wouldn’t be on the lam. So, Snowden should be punished as well as those who acted illegally in the first instance. Snowden’s motivations, be they pure, are certainly matters to be considered in any eventual sentencing decision.

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        • cmscarpa says:

          What legal channels do you have when everyone is bought and paid for?

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        • All American Snowflake says:

          Snowden has always said that he was willing to stand trial in the USA if he were assured a fair trial. See Oliver Stone’s movie, “Snowden.” See the documentary, “Snowden.” Watch some of Snowden’s Youtubes.
          Mr. Trump should not have passed judgement on Snowden before Ed Snowden was accorded a fair trial. This is like Obama saying that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. Martin was a thug, as the trial of George Zimmerman (the WHITE Latino, one-quarter Black defendant).

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    • Sine the Whitehouse has no comment, I’m not sure what you mean by the President has it “wrong”.

      My question is this: Are the government “officials” providing this information to to NBC, just as guilty as Snowden?

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    • Attorney says:

      Amen.

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      I’m afraid I agree. Has anyone watched “Citizen Four”? It will blow your mind, and I am grateful to Snowden for blowing the whistle on our government and exposing their lies. The huge NSA spy center is about 15 miles from where I live. Very scary stuff……

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  3. feralcatsblog says:

    “President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a “spy” and a “traitor” who deserves to be executed.”

    And King George wanted to execute the American revolutionaries. Does Trump want to be King George 2.0?

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  4. Sa_Bi says:

    Putin should get Soros in return.

    I also have to say that I oppose the death penalty for Snowden.

    The death penalty is the ultimate punishment, it should be reserved for people who do deliberately – and with an evil intention – cause damage to America.

    Snowden is a misguided young man who probably really believed that he did the American public a favor while – probably – revealing nothing governments hostile to America didn’t know already. I also understand that he was afraid given people like the Clintons in DC.

    He should serve a minimum of 30 years in prison, and if he dislikes such a long imprisonment he can demand the death penalty.

    That said it’s also possible that this is a fake news story or a Russian attempt to get the sanctions lifted. (Personally, I oppose the sanctions anyway.)

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  5. reggiemeezer says:

    Since it’s from NBC, I would definitely say FAKE NEWS.

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  6. keeler says:

    Skeptical.

    Putin and Trump are both shrewd men. What is said publicly may only be for public consumption.

    Instinct tells me Putin is revealing one of his low cards to get a read on Trump.

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    • KevinH says:

      It was revealed by NBC by “undisclosed sources”. Unless NBC has Russian speaking spies in the Kremlin, it’s likely they made it up out of thin air.

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    • LP says:

      You are getting warm. A whole lot of fakery going on. I suspect Putin et al are laying down a low level trap to see if the President bites.

      A report surfaced that Pres Trump gave Putin an earful about the Start Treaty. Another report surfaced that 2 FSB men were arrested as CIA spies. Another report surfaced that the Russian hacking leaking extortion group, that has terrorised Russian officials for three years, Shaltai-Boltai, or ‘Humpty Dumpty have been rounded up.

      Greenwald also has an agenda, re the Morrell-Clinton angle, and his desire to see Snowdon exonerated.

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    • Sue in MT says:

      Putin’s spokesman has denied it, next. Maybe the NSA is using fake news to get a read on President Trump?

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    • All American Snowflake says:

      Mr. Putin has always maintained that Ed Snowden has been given humanitarian asylum.

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    • LOL, keeler. I just had a vision of Putin “looking into” Trump’s eyes and thinking, “Damn. I can’t read a THING! Totally shielded!”

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  7. From the NBC report:

    “That’s according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to “curry favor” with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.”

    Why are unnamed “senior officials” leaking this top secret information to NBC? If in fact the Russian’s are planning to turn over Snowden how does this leak make this more likely to happen? Assuming the information is factual this leak just exposes sources and methods.

    There have been way to many leaks from the various intelligence agencies – all designed to under mine President Trump. Today CNN is reporting “senior officials – past and current – have been able to verify some of the claims in the “Russian dossier”. President Trump needs to take action fast to stop all the leaks from not only the various agencies but also from inside the White House. Employees need to be warned that if they are caught communicating “off the record” with the media they will face immediate dismissal and depending on the nature of the leaks criminal charges if they involve classified or sensitive information.

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    • celiathaxter says:

      I think this is more press theater designed to draw a dark and sordid portrait of secret wheeling and dealing between the evil Putin and his puppet Trump. The media wishes to portray them as bosom buddies, even sinking so low as to trade human beings as “gifts,” which is perhaps a kind of distorted way of getting even with Trump for all the sudden arrests in human trafficking. Here is this spy, this young man — a “gift” for you — human currency, so to speak, from an “evil dictator” to his American puppet.

      Since human trafficking by the elite power brokers is very real, and human beings are indeed used as their currency, this story is a way to project the power elites’ own crimes again onto Trump, especially in light of the hundreds of arrests of child sex traffickers all across the nation this week.

      Liked by 7 people

      • OnlyInAmerica says:

        The msm and dems sure do project an awful lot.

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      • JoAnn Leichliter says:

        Interesting insight. I assume (always dangerous) that the recent human trafficking arrests are the result of long-term investigation, probably going on since well before Trump became President. The timing of the arrests is, of course, interesting. We even had a few herr in Nebraska (probably should be more).

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    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      The use of the expression “curry favor” by the “source” troubles me, since it is derogatory. One would expect–if those were actually words used by an intel source–something like “seen as gesture of goodwill.” Something here is a half bubble off plumb. Or is that just NBC’s own characterization? Anyway, there is nothing good about it, if this is a real leak.

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  8. Ron says:

    Even though I agree in principle with what Snowden did. He did break the law and justice does need to be applied if not it is no better than Hillary getting a pass. Snowden is a Patriot and he knows there is consequences.

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  9. Bree says:

    Hillary should be thrown in jail before Snowden!!!!!!

    Liked by 18 people

  10. dutzie60 says:

    So, who is the Senior US official that’s blabbing to NBC? Maybe President Trump and Snowden need to have a private conversation so Snowden can tell him how the leaks are happening. Same way as they are spying on all of us. Might change his mind.

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  11. feralcatsblog says:

    When a government becomes so totalitarian that it sets to spying, and in mass and in great detail, on it’s own people like they were all subjects, if not criminals, it is not doing so on their behalf. Only the most mindless of sheeple could think so. The Stasi wasn’t in East Germany The TSA/Gropestapo molesting little girls and grandmas at our airports and largely giving middle easterners a pass. I don’t think the federal government has stopped a single attack, and has caused quite a number (Fort Hood, Boston, Benghazi, Navy Shipyard, Mexican invaders who kill so many and most every day), with their gross willful dereliction.

    I don’t care how many times N-Stasi-A supporters and apologists and lackeys tell me that’s Holy Water they are spraying on my leg to keep me safe, I know that it’s something very different – and it smells to high Heaven. There is no doubt in my mind that the Founding Fathers, to a man, would despise the NSA at least as much as they despised King George, probably more. If there were justice in the world, Snowden would be living it up in America as a hero and all the N-Stasi-A criminals would be in hiding, maybe somewhere in North Korea, in a dark cave. subsisting on grass.

    I see the N-Stasi-A for what it is, something far more odious to liberty than even a lawless Obama weaponized IRS. I see the IRS as a very nasty little 4 foot shark, but the N-Stasi-A as a vampyroteuthis Infernalis, lit. “Vampire Squid from Hell”, ramming it’s blood sucking peeping tom pervert tentacles into every part of American personal communication they can get those ever growing and increasing tentacles into, to suck dry all remaining individual privacy and speech freedoms as they regard every American, except their masters, as guilty until never proven innocent.

    Snowden blew the Paul Revere whistle on them and, for that, all real Americans should be eternally grateful.

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  12. This is an interesting tweet from LAST MONTH from Glenn Greenwald. It appears that “Clinton’s CIA surrogate” – Mike Morrell – was pushing the idea of Putin handing over Snowden to Trump “as a gift” last month. I suspect he is the unnamed “former official” cited in the NBC article.

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  13. feralcatsblog says:

    The Founding Fathers would have given Snowden a medal and a parade and shot or hung those at the NSA as collaborators of King George.

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  14. feralcatsblog says:

    God Himself could not design anything more anti-American than the NSA.

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  15. Rainer says:

    Since President Trump cant accept foreign gifts, how bout we trade one Soros for one Snowden and call it even.

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  16. feralcatsblog says:

    First, Satan created the East German STASI. That was for practice. Then he created the NSA.

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  17. Doogiesblog says:

    I think we should return the favor and send George Soros back to Putin. Isn’t he wanted in Russia?

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  18. Texian says:

    If they bring him back, make him watch that “Merkel Pool Dance” video 100 times in a row, that should be enough punishment.. if he survives that he’s a free man..

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    • Sentient says:

      Does anyone here really want to side with Miss Lindsay?

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      • feralcatsblog says:

        Not even if I was his own mother.

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      • I don’t side with him, but I do feel sorry for him. He has a girl’s name, which is very sad for him. Really, at first I thought there were 2 women running in the GOP primaries because of his first name. Never ever heard of any other Lindsay who wasn’t female. But when I saw his photo for the first time, I thought his name fitted him, as his face looks almost like that of a woman. It’s his eyes, they really look female somehow. Give him a wig and some makeup and put him in a dress, and you wouldn’t think for a sec that you’re looking at a face of a man in drag. He would look just like a woman.

        Poor Lindsay, plagued by not only a girl’s name but a girly face too. No wonder he’s so bitter and misguided. Milo Yiannopoulos said that according to some research more attractive people tend to become right-wing and less attractive people left-wing. But he also had a theory of his own that lefty politics make attractive people ugly too. His high-school yearbook photo shows a not totally unattractive young man, so he went Republican. But now that he’s gotten older and less attractive with his eyes going all womanly, he’s gone more lefty in politics. So maybe there is some truth in that theory…

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  19. feralcatsblog says:

    If I were an enemy of America, I would love the N-Stasi-A as they treat Americans like criminal serfs presumed guilty until never proven innocent. Supporting the N-Stasi-A may be patriotism, but if so, it is patriotism on the old East German plan, something foreign and alien to America.

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  20. aredtailblog says:

    I’d really like to see Snowden pardoned nonetheless. He’s a hero painted as a criminal.

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  21. Bull Durham says:

    Russian culture wouldn’t bargain with a man like that.
    Highly unlikely.
    The solution could have been Snowden and US spy agency (NSA) talk and make some kind of plea deal, or agreement on maximum sentence (1-3 years) and he comes back for fast “trial”, and accepts some punishment. Hayden from NSA had said he wanted to go talk to Snowden a few years back.

    Now, the corrupt Deep State wants his head on a pike.
    Another reason why Russia wouldn’t trade him. Sending a guy into a death penalty would be a disgrace for a nation to do.

    Just another Fake News story.

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  22. NJF says:

    These leaks need to stop!!!

    I am honestly very conflicted over Snowden bc i think ultimately whistleblowers should be protected.

    However, I have to also asmit I have never done a deep dive on him.

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  23. sagatel says:

    I just read some Russian newspapers and I can tell you it is a fake news…Russian government denied any such plans…

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  24. AntonyG says:

    Possibly a set-up by the neo-liberals and other leftists to create problems for Trump. He’ll be asked questions about it hoping that he’s no longer so anti-Snowden (understandibly seeing that Snowden is actually a hero of the conservative and libertarian right for outing what the progressive fascists were up to).

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  25. PNWLifer says:

    So President Trump has major ties to Russia and Putin rigged the election so PDJT would win, but Vlad still needs to “curry favor” with our new President by returning Snowden? Umm okay, sure.

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  26. catluver99 says:

    I wince every time I read sources say or a senior U.S. official says.
    16 fake news stories:

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/06/16-fake-news-stories-reporters-have-run-since-trump-won/

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  27. I can’t believe treepers are comparing Snowden to Soros – by suggesting that’s an equal trade. Really? They have the same motives and character? Really??

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  28. Catiline says:

    So Snowden’s actions are extremely controversial even on Trump’s most supportive comment sections like CTH. It would be better if Russia just kept Snowden politically. I see no reason to upset the segment of Trump’s support that likes Snowden by prosecuting him when he isn’t doing any further damage in Russia. His peanut gallery criticism about Trump notwithstanding. Snowden’s warnings of “turnkey totalitarianism” are why I was so desperate to avoid a Clinton Presidency, since she seemed the type to use state power to crush her enemies. What possible benefit would we gain by prosecuting Snowden when there are other more important things to spend political capital on?

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  29. Steve in Lewes says:

    I am naive on the Snowden case, I should read up on the specifics….but my initial reaction; if this is true, then maybe ES should get the same “harsh” treatment/punishment that Hillary Clinton received as our Sec of State in her role in the deaths of those 4 men in Benghazi, the “assassination” of Khadafi (sic), accepting foreign donations to increase her own personal wealth (did someone claim that to be in violation of the Emoluments clause), and her fine handling/obstruction of national security info maintained on her bathroom server!

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  30. Lotta trolls on this thread………

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  31. susiejo says:

    To reflect back on Snowden’s relationship with Russia, Snowden ended up in Russia when he first fled the US and while in route to I think it was South America, the Obama State Dept revoked his passport at the point his plane had made stop in Moscow. At that point, Snowden was unable to leave Russia and ended up spending the next month living at the Moscow airport. That created a constant spectacle at the Russian airport. Finally the Russian government granted him permission to stay there. Obama was at the time publically demanding that Russia send Snowden back to the US. Ignored by the US press, Putin made some public statements to the effect that Russia had no interest in Snowden but did not have extradiction agreements with the US. He explained that these situations were traditionally handled by arranged trades. He said that they had offered the US to trade Snowden for person/s they wanted who were in the US but never received any response from the Obama administration.
    While it makes no sense that Russia would now offer Trump a ‘gift’, it does make sense that they would extend the same offer to trade Snowden for one or more people here that they want. Soros would certainly be on their list. The way this is described by the unnamed source as a gift tells me it is either fake news or dishonest portrayal of the whole truth.

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  32. Peter G. says:

    Clapper & Brennan behind bars, Snowden pardoned.

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  33. Mickey Wasp says:

    This ‘story’ is purely made up – end of story. Just as the MSM and ‘deep state’ are attempting to ‘know’ the conversation between Flynn and the Russia ambassador and insinuating that Flynn told them to not do anything in response to Obama’s expelling of 35 Russia diplomats.
    The ‘deep state’ will hand over scripts to selected media anchors or journalist, in the hopes of linking President Trump or some member of his cabinet or staff to Russia / Putin, to sew discord and a ‘told-you-so’ moment of President Trump having a relationship or nefarious connections with the ‘killer’ President of Russia Vladimir Putin. it is no different than the constant diatribe by the left wanting Donald Trump’s tax records – knowing he will not release them – and saying “Well he must have connections and investments in Russia and is a ‘Russia operative.'”
    Go back in history when this avenue was first used … LBJ put out a ‘whisper campaign’ and ‘leaked’ a narrative that his opponent was a pig fucker. LBJ’s campaign staff told him that wasn’t true, and LBJ said ” I know that, I just want to hear the son-of-a- bitch deny it.” The Bush campaign did the same thing against McCain – had a black baby in the South Carolina primary.

    This will not ever completely stop during Donald Trump’s presidency, although it may slow after President Trump has his complete cabinet and department heads and staffing up and running and they have time to terminate many of the well placed operatives. After the “Russian conspiracy” runs its course – they will move to another “unnamed source” conspiracy.
    The only way to fully stop these ‘leaks’ and ‘unnamed sources’ narratives that are designed to damage or de-legitimize the Trump Admin presidency, is for President Trump to do what he said he would do, “I will never lie to you” and “Drain the Swamp” i.e., Gain a renewed commitment to tell the truth to the American people. Instead of the endless “perception management” or “strategic communication” or “psychological operations” or whatever the new code words are, you could open up the files regarding key turning-point moments and share the facts with the citizens – the “We the People” – who are supposed to be America’s true sovereigns.

    For instance, you could release what the U.S. government actually knows about the Aug. 21, 2013 sarin gas attack in Syria; what the files show about the origins of the Feb. 22, 2014 coup in Ukraine; what U.S. intelligence analysts have compiled about the July 17, 2014 shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine. And those are just three examples of cases where U.S. government propagandists have sold a dubious bill of goods to the American and world publics in the “information warfare” campaign against the Syrian and Russian governments.

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  34. fred says:

    Trade for Soros…We need Soros in isolation in Siberia now…They have an international warrant..What better way to achieve Detente

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  35. Joe says:

    Peskov says it’s nonsense. Ergo, the whole story is Fake News. Manipulated and massaged for reasons that will become more clear with time. I believe nothing from MSM. Zero. Nada. Zip. Nyet.

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  36. jstanley01 says:

    If Snowden goes to jail while Clapper remains free, it will not be an indication that America is becoming great again.

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  37. LM says:

    I have often wondered what I would do if, having a conscience, I found that i was working for a completely corrupt employer who was abusing power to manipulate the people.

    How would my course of action be limited if I knew that my employer also had a secretive habit of killing those who informed or disagreed?

    Would I try to inform the people? Would I try to escape before doing so?
    I have not had to make these choices. Thank God.

    Nevertheless, the day may come for all of us when we must take a stand or be quiet and so cooperate with evil.

    God give us and our President strength and courage to do the right thing, and Godly direction, compassion and wisdom when we must judge what that is.

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  38. skyborn78 says:

    The question to be asked about Snowden: Conscience is a terrible taskmaster to one that has not dulled his(/hers) by continuously disregarding it. Snowden obviously has one intact. Men that refuse to violate their conscience by any act passive or aggressive will have to face the action taken. Every case should be evaluated separately and MERCY should be the hallmark of any punishment. Applied to Edward, He was bound by conscience to reveal publicly information he deemed vital to the American peoples right to be secure in their own person. Particularly private information the government; (who’s function is to PROTECT the right of security) was collecting and storing under the pretext of National Security. To collect the private information of it’s law abiding citizens is felonious at the least. Edward did what any red blooded patriot would have done in the same place. If he is returned and tried, these truths MUST be taken into consideration. To fail in this will set a precedent that would discourage any whistle blower from taking similar action where deference could be disastrous. Just my two cents.

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  39. Tiger.red says:

    Snowden is the single biggest difference I have with the Donald. Snowden genuinely risked his life to expose unconstitutional government surveillance of US citizens and should be thanked for it, not incarcerated.

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  40. Sue in MT says:

    Heck with Snowden, President Trump should invite Assange and his family to Mar-A -Lago for a golf retreat to thank him for his patriotic duty.

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  41. sammyhains says:

    I’ve definitely soured on Snowden.
    While I think he revealed important info the public needed to know, I realized that he intentionally held it back until after the 2012 election, so the very people he claims he was looking out for didn’t have the necessary knowledge to make an informed decision about their government. That pretty much violated the whistle-blowers’ prime directive and undermines Snowden’s entire case. Snowden has since shown his hand even more with his political statements. He’s like George Takei, railing about WWII internment camps but blindly supporting the party that created them.

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  42. orangeraider says:

    Lets trade Snowden for Soros.

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  43. jeans2nd says:

    I call first dibs on Snowden when/if he ever arrives.

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  44. feralcatsblog says:

    We teach them to take their patriotism at second-hand; to shout with the largest crowd without examining into the right or wrong of the matter — exactly as boys under monarchies are taught and have always been taught. We teach them to regard as traitors, and hold in aversion and contempt, such as do not shout with the crowd, and so here in our democracy we are cheering a thing which of all things is most foreign to it and out of place — the delivery of our political conscience into somebody else’s keeping. In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned
    – Mark Twain

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  45. feralcatsblog says:

    When patriots are most needed, they are scarce, and the more needed, the scarcer they are.

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  46. Evelyn says:

    It’s the Ransom of Red Chief!

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