President Obama will not say whether he would pardon former government contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified information about National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, but has indicated it’s unlikely. 

“I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something that I would comment on at this point,” Obama said in an interviewpublished Friday with German magazine Der Spiegel and public broadcaster ARD.

Obama said, however, that Snowden “raised some legitimate concerns” with the way he revealed the controversial NSA programs.
“How he did it was something that did not follow the procedures and practices of our intelligence community,” the president said.

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