According to The Associated Press, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has said that he has offered the US Government to surrender and return to the United States.
He says that he is ready to go to jail for leaking details of National Security Agency (NSA) which revealed that the agency was intercepting electronic communications data of US citizens on a vast scale.
Snowden, who flew to Moscow two years ago, lives there in asylum.
If he returns to US soil, he could land up in US jail for up to 30 years.
In a recent interview, Snowden told the BBC that he’d “volunteer to go to prison with the government many times,” but had not received a formal plea-deal offer from the US.
According to Snowden the only consolation that he got was that:
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“So far they’ve said they won’t torture me, which is a start, I think. But we haven’t gotten much further than that.”
The interview that was aired on October 5, revealed that Snowden and his lawyers were still waiting for US officials to call them back.
Here is part of Snowden’s interview to the BBC last night:
Snowden’s revelations two years ago had set off an international debate about the balance between security and privacy and where to draw the line.
While many had come in support of Snowden’s exposure, critics had said that his move had harmed the ability of the United States and its allies to fight terrorism.
The FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano had even called Snowden a traitor and strongly condemned his action.
Commenting on the same Snowden asks that if he was a traitor, who did he betray.
“I gave all of my information to American journalists and free society generally. I have paid a price but I feel comfortable with the decisions I’ve made, If I’m gone tomorrow, I’m happy with what I had,” he said.