News

U.S. says it won’t seek death penalty for Snowden

U.S. says it won’t seek death penalty for Snowden

Eric Holder told Russia that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder has told the Russian government that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden.

In a letter dated July 23, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden faces do not carry the death penalty and that the U.S. will not seek the death penalty even if Snowden were charged with additional death penalty-eligible crimes.

Holder says his letter follows news reports that Snowden, who leaked information on largely secret electronic surveillance programs, has filed papers seeking temporary asylum in Russia on grounds that if he were returned to the United States, he would be tortured and would face the death penalty.

The attorney general’s letter was sent to Alexander Vladimirovich Konovalov, the Russian minister of justice.

Recent Headlines

in Sports

SNF on KPUG: Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

Fresh
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler throws before a preseason NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Seattle.

The Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi's Stadium debut.

in Sports

The Associated Press Top 25

Fresh
football genric image

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll

in Local Sports

Gates’ 3 TD catches carry Bolts to 30-21 upset

Fresh
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers talks with tight end Antonio Gates, left, during warmup before facing the Arizona Cardinals in an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in San Diego.

San Diego Chargers controlled the tempo to keep Seattle's offense off the field

in Sports

NFL week 2 scoreboard

A football before the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis.

All the scores from week 2 in the National Football League

in Sports

USA wins basketball worlds, 129-92 over Serbia

United States team Basketball World Cup, pose for the media before their match against Finland, the third match, Group C, which begins the Basketball World Cup, in Bilbao northern Spain, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14.

Kyrie Irving made all six 3-pointers and scored 26 points, and the U.S. repeated as world champion for the first time by crushing Serbia 129-92 on Sunday in the Basketball World Cup.