Holder: I’m Open to ‘Conversation’ With Snowden

But the attorney general says clemency is out of the question

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he’s willing to open talks with Edward Snowden if the former NSA contractor accepts responsibility for leaking classified data about the government’s surveillance programs, NBC News reports.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Holder suggested he might “engage in conversation” with Snowden if he comes clean. But the attorney general rejected the idea that Snowden might be a candidate for amnesty, “where we say, no harm, no foul.” When asked if Snowden was a whistleblower, he said, “I prefer the term defendant. That’s the most apt title.”

Holder would not comment on the suggestion made by some officials that Snowden may be a Russian spy, an accusation Snowden has unequivocally denied.

[NBC News]

12 comments
MeaganElizabeth
MeaganElizabeth

Yeah, and by "open to conversation" he means waterboarding him until he tells them everything he knows and then imprisoning him for the rest of his life.

MisoHornee
MisoHornee

this invitation is something like when Saddam invited his brother-in-law to return to Iraq. But surely Snowden is not as dumb as the Kamel brothers.

reallife
reallife

how about a "conversation" with congress about fast and furious, or the irs, or... fill in the blank scandal

how about that Holder?

RobertNguyen
RobertNguyen

Get on with it asap. It's in the national interests to invite Mr. Snowden home...

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

If only Snowden knows how much he, Obama and Holder have in common he would have come in from the cold. 

Ruleoflaw10
Ruleoflaw10

Snowden would never accept the consequences of his actions, which is the reason he ran away in the first place. He's a coward. The correct term for him is defendant on trial for treason. That's what we call anyone trying to trade legitimate US secrets to whatever foreign government gives him the most.

Jon.Crane
Jon.Crane

@Ruleoflaw10 Yeaaaah... secrets aren't worth very much when everyone knows them. If he was trying to trade them to another government, he did the one thing he could have done to make them worthless. 


You don't have to agree with what he did, but making outright illogical allegations makes you look crazy.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Jon.Crane @Ruleoflaw10 You are funny. If he was trying to trade them to another government. Why did you think he went to Hongkong then proceeded to Moscow where Putin promptly gave him asylum. And do you think Putin is so stupid as to allow such rich trove of intelligence in Snowden`s hands without taking them off ? You only look at what you see in the surface. The repercussion those nation`s secrets will be felt for decades to come. You are so naive and gullible.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Ruleoflaw10One basic known fact which you people seem to delight in missing out is Putin a former KGB guy gave asylum to Snowden with his laptops full of this country`s secrets. What did Putin do ? Look at the laptop longingly ? Or did he ask Snowden, " Here let me help you take that off your hands "?

harte.ryan
harte.ryan

@ReneDemonteverde @Jon.Crane @Ruleoflaw10 Selective memory much? Snowden was trying to get to Brazil. And Putin didn't "Promptly give him asylum". He spent weeks stuck in an international airport before he was given a refugee visa.

Ruleoflaw10
Ruleoflaw10

Perhaps you remember the open letter to Brazil asking for asylum in exchange for revealing US spying capabilities and presence in that country? Honestly, it's hard for you guys to sound credible when you aren't even aware of basic known facts.