Holder promises not to pursue death penalty against Snowden

By Reuters
Friday, July 26, 2013 10:46 EDT
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A television screen shows former U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden during a news bulletin at a cafe at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden would not face the death penalty or be tortured and would have all the protections of the U.S. civilian court system if he were sent home, the chief U.S. prosecutor wrote in a letter to his Russian counterpart this week.

In the letter dated July 23 and released on Friday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that he sought to dispel claims about what would happen to Snowden if Russia handed him over to face charges of illegally disclosing government secrets about surveillance programs.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Philip Barbara)

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