Reports circulated on Friday indicating Russia was willing to hand over Edward Snowden to the United States as a “gift” to ease tensions. NBC News published the initial report, noting that the decision could be seen as a “win, win” for Russia, with sources in the Justice Department would “welcome the return of Snowden” if such a deal were to happen.
Snowden himself responded to the initial news on Friday night, noting that it provides “irrefutable evidence” that he never cooperated with Russia. He echoed such thoughts during an interview with Katie Couric, even laughing at the news to start:
Snowden again addressed the report on Saturday, pointing out that it comes following his criticism of Russia’s “Big Brother Laws.”
This leads to Snowden dropping a fairly strong statement about what all of the rumors mean for his future. Not only won’t he stop criticizing his adopted home despite the threat of deportation, he’s not afraid of returning to the United States to face his accusers:
Any return to the United States for Snowden likely wouldn’t lead to a positive conclusion. As we pointed out in the initial report, Donald Trump has not hesitated to say Snowden would be executed in the days when the United States was “was respected and strong.” Luckily for Snowden, his legal team has said they’ve received no signal that any sort of action is on the horizon and there’s “no new reason for concern.”
Even if there was a concern, it doesn’t seem to bother Snowden.