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Russian officials have discussed the possibility of extraditing whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US as a way to improve political relations with President Trump, . The report cites an unnamed US official who has analyzed intelligence reports pertaining to Russia’s plans to “curry favor” with the new administration. During his campaign, Trump called Snowden a “traitor” and plainly stated that he should be executed for treason if he ever sets foot back in the country.

It’s not clear whether a plan to remove Snowden has moved beyond the deliberation stage. The former NSA contractor has resided in Russia since June 2013, when he flew to Moscow from Hong Kong one month after...

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Russia reportedly considering sending Snowden back to US as a ‘gift’ to Trump


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Russian officials have discussed the possibility of extraditing whistleblower Edward Snowden to the US as a way to improve political relations with President Trump, . The report cites an unnamed US official who has analyzed intelligence reports pertaining to Russia’s plans to “curry favor” with the new administration. During his campaign, Trump called Snowden a “traitor” and plainly stated that he should be executed for treason if he ever sets foot back in the country.

It’s not clear whether a plan to remove Snowden has moved beyond the deliberation stage. The former NSA contractor has resided in Russia since June 2013, when he flew to Moscow from Hong Kong one month after...

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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.
If the report is accurate, and if Snowden is extradited, the event would be a media sensation. Snowden is viewed as a traitor by many in the intelligence community, but others see him as a whistle-blower who exposed an over-reaching surveillance program that collected Americans’ phone and internet records.
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If Russia does extradite Snowden, the charges he faces are serious. After Snowden revealed the surveillance programs in 2013, the Justice Department promptly charged him with theft, and with two accounts under the 1917 Espionage Act. A legal report says those charges could bring thirty years in prison—but they do not carry the death penalty. This would not, however, preclude the U.S. from filing additional charges, including treason, and claiming Snowden’s activities amount to a capital offense.
In response to the report, Snowden took to Twitter to argue the reported extradition plan vindicates his claim that he is not a spy for Russia because “no country trades away spies.”
Finally: irrefutable evidence that I never cooperated with Russian intel. No country trades away spies, as the rest would fear they're next. https://t.co/YONqZ1gYqm
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 10, 2017
Snowden also tweeted a recent interview with Katie Couric in which he cited his criticism of Russia’s human rights record, and suggested the Russian government sees him as a “liability.”
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