Business Insider - Eric Holder To Russia: "We Will NOT Torture Or Seek The Death Penalty For Edward Snowden"Submitted by emalvini on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 12:02
Business Insider - Eric Holder To Russia: "We Will NOT Torture Or Seek The Death Penalty For Edward Snowden"
BRETT LOGIURATO JUL. 26, 2013, 11:00 AM
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote a letter to the Russian minister of justice assuring the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for National Security Agency leak source Edward Snowden if he is returned to the U.S.
Seeking to push back on assertions Snowden made in his request for temporary asylum in Russia, Holder also said in the letter that the U.S. will not torture Snowden.
"We also understand from press reports that Mr. Snowden has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on the grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty," Holder wrote in the letter to Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov.
"These claims are entirely without merit."