November 4th, 2013
07:22 AM ET

NSA Leaker Snowden Wants Clemency

If Edward Snowden has any thoughts he might be forgiven for disclosing classified information, the White House says think again, Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports.

On ABC's "This Week," White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer was asked if there are conditions under which President Obama would consider clemency.

The chatter about forgiveness has been sparked by the cover in the German magazine Der Spiegel which published Snowden's "A Manifesto for the Truth" in which he says he's seen positive reaction to his disclosures and he wants the US to stop treating him like a criminal.

Snowden says, "The people must fight against the suppression of  information about issues of public significance.  Whoever speaks the truth is not a criminal."

Snowden's fate is one of the few areas these days where both parties seem to agree. On CBS's "Face the Nation," the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, said clemency is a terrible idea.

Rogers: "If he wants to come back and own up to the responsibility of the fact he took and stole information, he violated his oath, he disclosed classified information, that by the way has allowed three different terrorist organizations affiliates of Al Qaeda to change the way they communicate I'd be happy to have that discussion with him."

For now, Snowden stays in Moscow. There has been discussion of him traveling to Germany, but Snowden also wants assurances the Germans won't turn him over. Of course, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is furious  at finding out the U.S. was spying on them–another Snowden revelation.

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