by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jan 24th 2014 7:37am
While some will argue this means nothing, it is worth noting that Attorney General Eric Holder has now admitted, at the very least, that his office would be willing to "engage in conversation" with Ed Snowden in an attempt to seek "some sort of resolution" to his case. Holder made it clear that he's not interested in offering clemency, and also says that Snowden should be called a "defendant" rather than a whistleblower, but it at least hints at a willingness to follow what the NY Times has suggested in working out some sort of plea deal with Snowden. Yes, many of us think that he deserves not just clemency, but to be celebrated for exposing what two government bodies have now described as lawbreaking by the NSA. However, it's still quite significant that a senior administration official will now even admit that the administration may be at least slightly open to cutting a deal. It suggests that the administration is starting to realize that the public simply isn't buying the claims against Snowden, and the strategy of demonizing him is failing as well. As the public becomes increasingly aware of how bad these NSA programs are, it seems likely that the government is going to have to realize that it will need to go much further in recognizing that Snowden did not just the right thing, but the honorable and courageous thing in exposing government malfeasance.
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