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Ex-Homeland Security chief Napolitano not on board with clemency for Snowden

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By Bloomberg News

Published: Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, 6:09 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The former head of the Department of Homeland Security said Edward Snowden doesn't deserve clemency for exposing the broad reach of U.S. surveillance programs.

Janet Napolitano, who left the post in August to become president of the University of California system, said on NBC's “Meet the Press” that Snowden's leaks have hurt the United States. She rejected calls made in editorials by The New York Times and London's Guardian newspapers that Snowden, now living under temporary asylum in Russia, be granted clemency.

The United States has charged Snowden with theft and espionage for leaking documents to publications last year that revealed the breadth of the spying managed by the National Security Agency, where he worked as a contractor.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican who has been critical of the NSA's activities, said Snowden should return to the United States to go on trial for his actions.

“I think personally, he probably would come home for some penalty of a few years in prison,” Paul said on ABC's “This Week” program. “In the end, history is going to judge that he revealed great abuses of our government and great abuses of our intelligence community.”

 

 
 


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