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NY Times editor has no clue if Obama will take the paper's controversial Snowden editorial seriously

FILE - This June 9, 2013 file photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, in Hong Kong. Snowden says his "mission's already accomplished" after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies. Snowden told The Washington Post in a story published online Monday night, Dec. 23, 2013, he has "already won" because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government's collection of bulk Internet and phone records. (AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File) AP Photo/The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, File

New York Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal has no idea if President Obama will consider the paper's controversial editorial calling for the U.S. to haver mercy on admitted NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

"That's anybody's guess," Rosenthal told the Times's Public Editor Margaret Sullivan.

The editorial, published Thursday, said the U.S. government should grant clemency to Snowden, who has received asylum in Russia after leaking information on American spying techniques.

The topic of the piece had been under discussion by the Times's editorial board for weeks, according to Sullivan's blog post.

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