Barack Obama, being in his last foreign tour as President of the United States, in an interview with German magazine Spiegel, ARD television and radio and called the condition a possible pardon former employee of the national security Agency USA Edward Snowden, known for scandalous publication of classified materials about the actions of U.S. intelligence. According to the politician, the question of whether to pardon the former representative of the intelligence of the body, it can only be viewed after the trial.
“I can’t pardon those who did not go to court and stood before him, so at this stage I can’t comment on that. I believe that Snowden has caused some reasonable concern. How he did it, is not consistent with the procedures and practices of our intelligence community. And if everyone will do as he wants, it will be difficult to properly conduct the Affairs of state and maintain security,” – said the U.S. President, whose powers will expire January 20, 2017.
“If Mr. Snowden decides to stand trial, and his lawyers will present their arguments, these questions will play a role,” – said the politician.
Soon Obama President of the United States will change won the presidential election, Republican Donald trump. Snowden after the election of the President of the United States did not rule outthat with the advent of the new American leader will conclude with the head of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin a deal for his extradition from Russia to their homeland.
In September a former employee of the NSA urged the outgoing President Obama not to punish him for publishing classified information, and to pardon before he leaves office. However, the White house said that such an option is not considered by the administration and is not discussed in the Ministry of justice.
In June 2013, Edward Snowden gave the Newspapers the Washington Post and The Guardian of the secret data which showed that US intelligence services tapped telephone conversations and monitor e-mails of U.S. citizens and foreign leaders. Fearing persecution by the us authorities, Snowden flew to Hong Kong and later to Moscow. In August 2014 former employee of U.S. intelligence received a three-year residence permit in Russia. In the United States of Snowden accused of espionage, at home he faces up to 30 years in prison.