By Steve Neavling
The Justice Department could make a deal to convince NSA leaker Edward Snowden to return to the U.S. after he fled in 2013 following the shocking release of secret surveillance documents.
That’s according to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who spoke to Yahoo News about the issue.
Holder said the U.S. likely would be interested in striking a deal with the whistleblower and even conceded that Snowden’s document leak “spurred a necessary debate” on surveillance.
“I certainly think there could be a basis for a resolution that everybody could ultimately be satisfied with. I think the possibility exists.”
But current AG Loretta Lynch didn’t seem as open to a deal.
“This is an ongoing case so I am not going to get into specific details but I can say our position regarding bringing Edward Snowden back to the United States to face charges has not changed,” Lynch spokeswoman Melanie Newman said in an email.