posted on Mar, 3 2015 @ 04:50 PM
Having followed the Snowden, with some interest here is what I believe is going to happen and why.
The reason why Snowden is ready to return to the USA, is that Russia wants something from the USA, they have gotten all they can from the man, and can
get no more from him. So they are ready to let him go and send him on his way. And, they want something from the USA. They know if they give the
USA Snowden, they will have some leverage over the United States of America, showing a good will gestor on their part.
However, as noble as his actions may have been, the reality is that he did break the law, he will have to answer them in a court of law in front of a
judge and jury. The US government can not make this man just disappear, nor deny him his due process. It is a lose/lose situation for the US
government. How can they prosecute him, with all fairness and still expect to get a verdict, if the jury can not hear all of the evidence and weigh
it. And Snowden knows that, as does his lawyer, hence the demand for a fair and impartial trial. If the US accepts it, it would mean that the dirty
secrets that the USA and the different federal agencies that are doing this will be exposed. This will cause civil unrest and ultimately for a short
time, cause the USA to back down on some issues. After all do they reveal everything and hope for the jury to find in favor of the Federal
government, and against him, or does this end up being a bigger problem than the US Federal government would care to deal with.
In either case, the other aspect that he is hoping for, and it would be a long shot, would be a presidential pardon, one of those quaint items that an
exiting president would give in his last year of office. Remember 2016 is an election year, and the last year that Obama would be in office. If he
was to return home, if this is the truth, it would mean that it would be more towards after the November elections and the outgoing president would be
more persuaded to sign such, thus making him immune to prosecution.
If he does not get a pardon, it will be a trial that most of the country and world will be watching, and waiting to hear. Any evidence that is
presented and not given to the public would cast doubts on the entire case. We can only wait and see.
While I do not see Snowden as a traitor, I do see him as a criminal who fled the United States of America, violating several federal laws, to which he
needs to answer for his crimes. Let a jury determine if he is guilty and let all of the evidence be weighed in an open court of law.