2016-09-15 21:16:37

What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under the Espionage Act?

DN! examines whether Edward Snowden could get a fair trial if he returns to the United States to be tried for violating the Espionage Act. Snowden has said the Espionage Act does not allow a whistleblower or public interest defense, which means his motivations would not be considered in court. Under the act, "it would literally be inadmissible for [Snowden] to tell the jury his motivations," argues Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Meanwhile, Bradley Moss, a national security attorney who has represented whistleblowers, says Snowden "could have gone to the intelligence committees" with his revelations and stayed within legal guidelines.

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