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Won't seek death penalty for Snowden, says US

Published: 27th July 2013 09:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th July 2013 09:01 PM   |  A+A-

By IANS

The US has assured Russia that it will not seek death penalty for Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who leaked massive surveillance programme of the agency.

In a letter, dated July 23, to Russian authorities, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Snowden's arguments for temporary asylum in Russia were without merit, as he was seeking asylum on grounds that he would be tortured and face death penalty if returned to the US, reported Xinhua citing the CNN channel.

Holder said death penalty was not an option given the current charges against Snowden, and even if additional charges were filed, the Justice Department won't seek death sentence. He also said Snowden won't be tortured and would face a civilian trial.

"We believe that these assurances eliminate these asserted grounds for Mr. Snowden's claim that he should be treated as a refugee or granted asylum," Holder stated in the the letter sent to Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov.

On Friday, a Russian presidential spokesperson said Russia will not hand over Snowden, who is stuck in a Moscow airport, to his home country -- the US.

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