Washington Free Beacon
June 10, 2014
Federal prosecutors recently held discussions with representatives of
renegade National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden on a
possible deal involving his return to the United States to face charges
of stealing more than a million secret NSA documents, according to U.S.
Snowden is currently in Moscow under Russian government protection
after fleeing Hawaii, where he worked in NSA’s Kunia facility, for Hong
Kong in May 2013. U.S. officials have charged him with stealing an
estimated 1.7 million documents from NSA Net and the Joint Worldwide
Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) and providing some materials
to news outlets.
Discussions on Snowden’s return were held in the past several weeks
between prosecutors in the Justice Department’s National Security
Division and Plato Cacheris, a long-time Washington defense lawyer who
in the past represented several U.S. spies, including some who reached
plea bargains rather than go to trial.
Cacheris declined to comment when asked about the discussions. “There’s nothing to report,” he told the Washington Free Beacon.
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