Lawyer: Snowden plea deal would have to be cut before return to U.S.


JOSH GERSTEIN
politico.com
January 24, 2014

A legal adviser to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden indicated Friday that Snowden would only enter into a plea bargain with federal prosecutors if the terms were nailed down before he returned to the U.S.

“I can tell you now he is not going to return to the country and take his chances on what the details of a plea bargain might be or what might await him at a trial,” American Civil Liberties Union attorney Ben Wizner said in an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

Wizner, who has described himself as a “legal adviser” to Snowden, was cagey when asked by Mitchell if Snowden’s representatives had engaged in any discussions with the Justice Department.

“There is an open door,” Wizner said cryptically.

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