National Security Agency Breaking News: Holder to Russia: Snowden Won't Be Tortured or Face Death Penalty

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Attorney General Eric Holder has assured Russia's justice minister that NSA leaker Edward Snowden, currently living at a Moscow airport, won't be tortured or face the death penalty if turned over to the U.S. Holder's pledge ? aimed at persuading Russia to reject Snowden's application for asylum ? came in a letter sent July 23. With alarm over the threat of terrorism in slow decline, both political parties appear to be no longer willing to give national security automatic priority over privacy and civil liberties. Opponents of the National Security Agency's collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records insist they will press ahead with their challenge to the surveillance program after a narrow defeat in the House.

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