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Edward Snowden 'Considering' Return to U.S.

| by Michael Allen

Whistleblower Edward Snowden is reportedly “considering” a return flight to the U.S., if certain conditions are met with the U.S. government.

"There are negotiations," Snowden's lawyer Wolfgang Kaleck told the German newspaper Der Spiegel, notes RT.com. "Those who know the case are aware that an amicable agreement with the U.S. authorities will be most reasonable.”

According to Kaleck, Snowden isn’t directly involved in the negotiations.

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Kaleck said that Snowden did not act for personal gain and there is no evidence of any damage that has been caused.

"That’s why, one could hope that a democratic U.S. government paves the way back to him," Kaleck added.

Snowden is currently under temporary asylum in Moscow, Russia, because the U.S. canceled his passport while he was en route to another country.

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Snowden, who gave a trove of NSA documents to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras in 2013, has been charged by the U.S. government for espionage and theft of government property.

The Guardian reported last week that a top-secret Pentagon report claimed “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering."

The 39-page report, which was prepared by the U.S. Defense Department in December 2013, says that the damage done to U.S. intelligence capabilities is “grave," but the U.S. government refuses to provide any specific evidence to back up its dramatic claim.

Sources: The Guardian and RT.com