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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-07-26

In a letter sent to the Russian government, US Attorney General Eric Holder said the criminal charges against fugitive former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden do not carry the death penalty and will not if he is extradited.

Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

In a letter dated July 23, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden faces do not carry the death penalty and that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty even if Snowden were charged with additional death penalty-eligible crimes.

Holder says his letter follows news reports that Snowden, who leaked information on largely secret electronic surveillance programs, has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty.

The attorney general’s letter was sent to Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov, the Russian minister of justice.

(AP)

Date created : 2013-07-26

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