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    Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan said that he disagreed with former US Attorney General Eric Holder who had criticized National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden but also had said that his revelations were some kind of "public service."

    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
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden should return to the United States and stand trial to face the charges brought against him, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan said in an interview published Thursday.

    "I would only support his coming back and facing the charges that have been levied against him, and to let a court of law determine his fate," Brennan told Yahoo News, answering a question on whether he supported a pardon of Snowden.

    Brennan added that he disagreed with former US Attorney General Eric Holder who had criticized Snowden but also had said that his revelations were some kind of "public service."

    In 2013, Snowden disclosed the massive NSA surveillance operations that collected tens of millions of phone conversations of US citizens, and prompting the US Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act, which allegedly places some limits on electronic eavesdropping. In August 2014, Snowden received a three-year residence permit to live in Russia.

    Snowden's revelations could cost him as much as 30 years in prison in the United States, where he is wanted on charges of espionage and theft of government property.

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      anne00marie
      What did Putin have to say about Snowden?

      Putin trolls CIA on Edward Snowden... www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4SZ49_bS0Y

      What did Snowden have to say to Putin?

      Why Did Snowden Ask Putin The Surveillance Question?... www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCWOaBRUh9I
    • avatar
      Glamoureus
      Why?

      Chelsea Manning is actually innocent and got tortured in us prison and these crooks believs Edward Snowden will fall for that?

      Noop it is a medial bashing and Sputnik should stop that
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Yeah sure !
    • Gregory K
      That is how the famous "Lincoln"then offered the 300 Native americans to come down from the mountains and make peace and after he convinced them ask to surrender their arms...Then, The native Americans trusted Lincoln and drop their guns...Then the american army took the 300 or more Natives and hung them all...
      Trust the CIA?
    • Adrienne Adonis
      The bottom line is the NSA was illegally tapping into personal conversations throughout the world with millions of people famous or not...... Snowden knew it was wrong and illegal so he exposed them...... Bottom line !
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