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Pardon for former NSA contractor Snowden seen unlikely

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The U.S. government will not budge on its demand that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden return to face prosecution for stealing thousands of classified intelligence documents, despite new calls for President Barack Obama to pardon him, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

The officials said they expect Snowden’s supporters to use the Thursday release of “Snowden” – directed by veteran filmmaker Oliver Stone – to mount a public campaign demanding a pardon before Obama leaves office in January.

Snowden, who lives in Moscow, is scheduled to appear via video link on Wednesday at a New York press conference, where advocates from human rights groups will call for a pardon. – READ MORE

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