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White House Unable to 'Rule In or Out' Possibility of Obama Pardoning Snowden

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The White House is unable to confirm or deny whether outgoing President Barack Obama will pardon US whistleblower Edward Snowden, spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a press briefing on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — When asked about the possibility of Snowden receiving a pardon, Earnest stated, "I can't rule anything in or out."

Earnest noted that Snowden did not file paperwork to seek clemency from the Obama administration, but added "I don't have any specific comments about whether or not that would impact any sort of presidential-level decision."

A chair is pictured on stage as former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is awarded the Bjornson prize Molde, Norway, in this September 5, 2015 file photo - Sputnik International
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In 2013, Snowden leaked classified US government documents pertaining to its mass surveillance practices around the globe, including on virtually all citizens and residents in the United States.

Russia granted Snowden temporary asylum for one year in 2013, but the following year the whistleblower received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia.

Snowden faces up to 30 years in jail on charges of espionage and theft of government property.

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