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Who do you trust in a Snowden and NSA amnesty deal?

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Edward Snowden has already proven his untrustworthiness. He leaked and hid the documents that he has stolen. There is absolutely no assurance that the documents are in a safe place or even under Snowden’s control.

Yet, Rick Ledgett is willing to explore a documents for amnesty exchange with Snowden.

From Snowden’s perspective, can he trust the NSA and US government if they assure amnesty in the deal?

Surely his attorneys would advise that even if he were to do a deal, there is a myriad of reasons and contingencies to consider along a very slippery slope. How many ways can the American government get to Snowden legally, even if he returns the stolen documents under an agreement?

Public airing of chit chat like this may theoretically soften Snowden to consider a deal of some kind. One way or another, eventually, Snowden is a captured man, or at least under some form of self-arrest.

“NSA task force leader backs talks on amnesty for Snowden
Published December 16, 2013

The head of the National Security Agency task force assessing the effect of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden opened the door to the possibility of offering Snowden amnesty in exchange for documents -- though his boss is not on board with the idea.

In an interview with CBS' "60 Minutes," Rick Ledgett said that Snowden took "the keys to the kingdom" when he left the U.S. earlier this year and was granted temporary asylum in Russia.

He said he supports at least having a discussion about offering Snowden amnesty from criminal charges if he returns sensitive files still in his possession, and claimed others at the NSA share that view.

"My personal view is, yes, it's worth having a conversation about," Ledgett said. "I would need assurances that the remainder of the data could be secured and my bar for those assurances would be very high. It would be more than just an assertion on his part."



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