Snowden: I'm Willing to Serve Prison Time

NSA Whistleblower is 'still waiting' to hear from authorities
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2015 4:00 PM CDT
Snowden Says He's Offered to Go to Prison
In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo, former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is in Moscow, is seen on a giant screen during a live video conference.   (AP Photo/Charles Platiau, Pool, File)

Edward Snowden, NSA whistleblower on the lam? Indeed, but he's also willing to return to the US and serve time if authorities will cut him a deal, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the BBC show "Panorama," Snowden says he's offered to make such a plea deal. "I've volunteered to go to prison with the government many times," he says. "What I won’t do is I won’t serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations." In other words, he won't be tried without a judge and serve at least 30 years under the Espionage Act. "So far they've said they won't torture me, which is a start, I think," he adds, per the AP. "But we haven't gotten much further than that." (More NSA stories.)

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