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Washington Post: Obama should negotiate with Snowden

This June 9, 2013 photo provided by The Guardian newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the U.S. National Security Agency, in Hong Kong. (Photo: AP)

President Obama said last week of Edward Snowden, an American fugitive hiding in Moscow, that he won't "be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker." That, even with Snowden continuing to leak government-spying secrets to foreign newspapers.

The Washington Post editorialized Tuesday that the best option to prevent more leakage would be for Obama to try negotiating with Snowden:

The best solution for both Mr. Snowden and the Obama administration would be his surrender to U.S. authorities, followed by a plea negotiation. It’s hard to believe that the results would leave the 30-year-old contractor worse off than living in permanent exile in an unfree country. Sadly, the supposed friends of this naive hacker are likely advising him otherwise.


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