Fri, Jul 26, 2013 8:29 PM EDT 1:13
Attorney General Eric Holder has assured the Russian government that the U.S. has no plans to seek the death penalty for former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden. In a letter dated July 23rd, the attorney general said the criminal charges Snowden now faces in this country do not carry the death penalty and the U.S. will not seek his execution even if he is charged with additional serious crimes. The White House said that the United States intends to repatriate two detainees held at its controversial prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria. White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement- "We are taking this step in consultation with the Congress, and in a responsible manner that protects our national security." A disconcerting trend lurks beneath the recent round of solid profit forecasts announced by companies ranging from United Technologies Corp to Wendy's Co : More than three years into the recovery, CEOs are still relying on cost cuts to prop up earnings.