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>> Now, I don't even make
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]>> NSA leaker Edward Snowden on Wednesday, set to make an all-out appeal for a pardon from President Obama. Snowden, the star attraction via video link at a scheduled news conference, called by human rights group who say he performed a public service by blowing the lid off the government's massive domestic spying program in 2013.
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The effort also timed with the release of a sympathetic Oliver Stone movie, but Mark Hosenball says Snowden shouldn't hold his breath for Obama.>> The thing is I got today from various parts of the government, including the White House itself, was that the chances of Obama granting Snowden some kind of pardon of any kind are literally less than zero.
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It's just not gonna happen as far as I can tell. And this is consistent with the Obama administration's attitude towards leakers. Particularly, very spectacular leakers and the fact is Snowden did leak stuff that was very, very highly classified. Maybe it was amongst the most highly classified leaks in the history of the United States.
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>> Snowden's stunning leak of stolen classified documents to The Guardian newspaper lead to the outlawing of a secret program giving the NSA nearly unchecked access to the US calling data. But as many critics say, Snowden also damaged American security.>> Some of his materials clearly exposed sensitive USN Allied Intelligence Operations in sensitive countries, caused political problems for the US and it's allies, in sensitive countries, ranging from countries in third-world to Germany.
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And caused headaches for US publicy and US agency. So, I don't think the damage is fully assessed.>> Snowden has been living under Russian asylum in Moscow, US presidents leaving office typically issue a wave of pardons on their way out the door. But rarely, if ever in the case as explosive as Snowden's.
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Without a pardon or a plea deal returning to the US would almost certainly land Snowden on prison on felony charges for up to 30 years.