The Justice Department is considering cutting former National Security Agency employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden a deal that would involve him returning to the United States. This is what Eric Holder, the former United States attorney general, said to Yahoo Politics.
Holder explained that the very public release of confidential NSA documents regarding the telephone surveillance of American citizens turned out to be a good thing.
Holder said that “his actions spurred a necessary debate” which led to a massive overhaul of government policies, such as the Patriot Act, that have to do with the mass collection of phone records of American citizens.
Holder now works as a private lawyer for law firm of Covington & Burling after resigning from office in 2014 for "personal reasons." Holder remained in office until the president found a suitable replacement.
He went on to say that the chance of Snowden and his lawyers reaching a deal with the U.S. Justice Department is definitely there. Holder said, “I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.”
Snowden would most likely be offered a plea deal to return home and face the two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property charges.
Sources believe that Snowden has traveled to China and now resides in an undisclosed city in Russia, which has granted him a three-year asylum status.