Snatching Snowden ‘dangerous’: McCain

US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) says it is not a good idea to snatch American whistleblower Edward Snowden from Russia in order to bring him back to the US where he faces charges of espionage.

“I’ve seen too many James Bond movies, and as much as I like those movies, it would be very dangerous,” said McCain referring to the possibility of a covert snatch operation by US authorities.

Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia earlier this year, is reportedly working at a Russian technology company.

On Tuesday, Snowden said he was willing to offer information about US spying activities in Brazil in exchange for asylum there.

Rick Ledgett, head of the National Security Agency task force responsible for assessing the damage Snowdenâ„¢s leaks have done to the US spy agency, has said Å“itâ„¢s worth” allowing Snowden safe passage back to the US and Å“having a conversation” with him in exchange for a promise to end further revelations about the NSAâ„¢s spying activities.

Ledgett told CBS Newsâ„¢ 60 Minutes last Thursday that he would like to at least open a dialogue with Snowden to prevent the disclosure of further classified information.

Nevertheless, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency James Woolsey said on Tuesday that anyone suggesting Snowden should be granted amnesty is out of their mind and that Snowden Å“should be hanged” if ever convicted of treason.

Å“I think giving him amnesty is idiotic,” he said in an interview with Fox News. Å“He should be prosecuted for treason. If convicted by a jury of his peers, he should be hanged by the neck until he is dead.”

Documents disclosed by the American whistleblower since early June have brought to light the scope and scale of Washingtonâ„¢s spying activities across the globe.

The documents show, among other things, how the US government collects phone records of all American citizens and tracks the use of US-based Web servers by all people around the world.

On Monday, US District Judge Richard Leon called Washingtonâ„¢s phone records collection program Å“almost Orwellian” and ruled that the US government “almost certainly” violated the constitution.


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Source: Press TV