Edward Snowden's temporary amnesty in Russia ended yesterday, Thursday, according to Fox News today. The question arises as to whether or not Vladimir Putin will send the U.S. citizen back to America where he will face justice.
Sources indicate Putin will probably extend Snowden's stay in Russia for several reasons. First, Russia has no extradition treaty with the U.S. So there's not a legal requirement that the former KGB strongman has to return Snowden to his native soil, according to Huffington Post.
Also, Snowden appears to be doing the things he needs to do to gain enough favor with the Russians to allow him to stay there. He has secured a job and he also is learning the Russian language.
A German official has publicly said Snowden needs to return to the U.S. where he will face justice. Which would probably mean a substantial prison term as he is charged in the U.S. with espionage. The German official also said he doubted whether Snowden would want to spend the rest of his life in the land of the hammer and sickle.
Whether or not Snowden really wants to spend the rest of his life in the frozen tundra of Russia is a real question He has applied to Brazil for permanent amnesty. Since the Brazilians have no extradition treaty with the U.S. he might feel relatively safe there from the long arm of the law. The climate is certainly better in Rio de Janeiro and the beaches of Ipanema may be more appealing to him thatn the cold Russian winter which killed off most of Napoleon's army. But Brazil has not yet responded to his request.
Also, his buddy Glenn Greenwald resides in Brazil. Greenwald is the journalist who helped Snowden publish to the world the NSA classified documents to the world. It was because of that leak to the world which has made the world traveler unwelcome back in the States except as a defendant.
Since Brazil has not yet responded to his reuest, his only hope to avoid American justice may be Russia. Russian state-run news agency ITAR-TASS reported yesterday his one-year anmesty ended after one year. The government there is reviewing his application for an extension. His attorney Anatoly Kucherena told LifeNewsTV that he hs already submitted a packet of documents requesting further political asylum in Russia.
Snowden became known around the world when the leaked secrets of the U.S. National Security Agency while working as a contractor for that organization.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly told Snowden to "man up" and return to the U.S.
We should have an answer within a matter of days as to Snowden's next residence.
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