Despite a petition 167,000 strong, the White House is, unsurprisingly, in no hurry to welcome NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden back to the United States.
Finally responding on Tuesday to a 2013 petition, the Obama administration said it would not pardon the former government contractor who revealed sweeping government surveillance on millions of Americans. The administration also called Snowden a bit of a coward for deciding to hide out in Russia. The White House, similarly, says Snowden should have taken a different course of action if he was so disturbed by the NSA’s programs. But now, it wants him to come back and face the consequences of his actions.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.