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article imageU.S. government won't seek death penalty for Snowden

By Sami Zaatari     Jul 26, 2013 in World
The U.S. government will not seek the death penalty on Edward Snowden for leaking classified NSA programs according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Holder made the remarks in a letter sent to the Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov.
In the letter Holder also says that the criminal charges Snowden does face, does not warrant the death penalty. Holder goes on to say that the letter was written to dismiss claims made by Snowden in his asylum request, that he could face torture and death should he be returned to the United States.
Snowden has been stuck in Moscow's central airport for over a month now. Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia, with Russian authorities confirming that they have received his asylum request, and are going through the process of evaluating his request.
The U.S. government has issued an arrest warrant for Snowden, charging him under the Espionage Act, and have called on the Russian government to hand him over to U.S. authorities.
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