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06.11.2013

: http://en.cncnews.cn/news/v_show/36734_US:_no_clemency_for_Snowden.shtml


Senior American lawmakers maintain that whistleblower, Edward Snowden, should not be given clemency by the United States.

This comes just days after a German lawmaker published a letter from the the fugitive, saying that Snowden was ready to testify to Congress to shed light on "possibly serious offenses".

The White House said Snowden violated U.S. law, adding he should return to the U.S. and face justice.
The statement comes just days after a German lawmaker published a letter from the fugitive and said Snowden was ready to testify to Congress to shed light on "possibly serious offenses."

The former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor was granted asylum in Russia in August to the fury of the United States, where he is wanted on espionage charges.

Russia's expert on foreign policy shared her view on the latest U.S. spy row with CNC during an interview.

SOUNDBITE1: VERONIKA KRASHENINNIKOVA, foreign policy expert
"The USA is a very different country from the image it wants to present. First of all, we discover that the fundamental principles declared by the White House on many fields such as people's rights of privacy and other fundamental rights are broken on everyday surveillance. Secondly, President Obama is a very different person from the one he presented during the election campaign. Because every promise he has made and every expectation of him has been broken. He promised to be different from the former president Gorge W. Bush. But Obama turned out to be more militarist and more security-obsessed. The third major discovery is that in the process of intelligence agency high activities, the courts also collaborate and actually the congress during the recent hearings we can see they did not ask any tough questions. So all the branches of powers which supposed to practice check and balance according to the constitutions actually don't exercise the necessary control."

As for the real purpose of the spying program, Veronika said it was not as the U.S. claimed, which is to find the terrorism.

SOUNDBITE2: VERONIKA KRASHENINNIKOVA, foreign policy expert
"So indeed there are other reasons for which the America collected information, the reasons lie in the field of politics and economy. Of course, this information is been used for competition or economic competition and also as a way to select and control political leadership over the countries. And of course the final goal of all the exercises is the global domination. It is a major point in American strategy to prevent any state or a global state that challenging American supremacy in the world."

Veronika also said the affair's impact on U.S.-European relationship seems superficial, adding as part of NATO, the Europe is still very tightly related to the US on the level of establishment.

Former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, was granted asylum in August to the fury of the United States, where he is wanted on espionage charges.