WASHINGTON, 14 Sep – RIA Novosti. The US administration insists that the ex-employee of the national security Agency (NSA) USA Edward Snowden appeared before a us court, but promises to guarantee her civil rights, said Wednesday the representative of the White house Josh Ernest.
“According to the standards of the Obama administration, he (Snowden) should return and stand trial on very serious charges against him. He, of course, will be granted all rights afforded to American legal system U.S. citizens, but we believe that it needs to return to the U.S. and face justice,” — said the press Secretary of the President of the United States reporters at a briefing.
He said that, according to the United States, “Edward Snowden is not a whistleblower”. “There is a process that allows whistle-blowers to raise their concerns, especially in relation to classified information, but to do so to protect the interests of the United States.
Mr. Snowden did not, his actions endanger Americans and national security”, — said Ernest. He also said that “is not aware of any contact between Snowden and the President.”
On Wednesday, the American civil liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign to collect signatures on a petition urging President Barack Obama to pardon Snowden: your signature is already set by the financier George Soros and the famous actor Daniel Radcliffe.