November 3, 2013

White House, lawmakers reject clemency for Snowden


Associated Press

— The White House and the heads of the intelligence committees in Congress are rejecting a plea for clemency by National Security Agency-contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden.

White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer says no such offers are being discussed. He tells ABC’s “This Week,” that Snowden should return to the U.S. and face charges, which include leaking classified information.

That sentiment is echoed by the committee chairmen, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan.

Rogers calls clemency for Snowden a “terrible idea.” Feinstein says Snowden broke the law, when he could have privately reported his revelations to her committee.  

Snowden, who has temporary asylum in Russia, made the plea in a letter released Friday.

Rogers and Feinstein appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”