When Edward Snowden fled the U.S. in 2013 after exposing the NSA’s spying program, there were many who doubted that the former CIA worker would ever set foot in the country again. During an interview with Yahoo News, however, former attorney general Eric Holder said that it might be possible that Snowden could strike a deal with the Justice Department that would allow him to return from Moscow, where he has sought refuge for the last two years.
While he was the attorney general, Holder oversaw an unprecedented crackdown on government leakers, including the three felony violations of the Espionage Act that Snowden currently faces.
“We are in a different place as a result of the Snowden disclosures,” Holder said, adding that Snowden “spurred a necessary debate,” by forcing President Obama and Congress to reconsider the connotations of mass surveillance.
When asked whether he meant that the DOJ would currently consider a plea bargain that would allow Snowden to return without facing charges for treason and espionage, Hold responded in the affirmative. “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.”
Holder previously told MSNBC that Snowden’s legal representatives have talked with the Obama administration to come to a mutual arrangement, but no significant progress has been previously reported.
[h/t The Hill]
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