Russians, Returns, & Running Away:
Snowden’s Scary Season

Did Russia Consider Returning Snowden to the US?
We May Never Know…


In February 2017, reports were circulating that Russia was considering sending Edward Snowden back to the US “as a gift for President Donald Trump” as reported by NBC.  At the time, NBC cited an unnamed senior US official who has reviewed intelligence on the matter.

Edward Snowden has lived in Russia since 2013 and recently launched a campaign with his legal team to get him pardoned. Snowden still faces being charged with leaking classified information and treason for his pivotal role in the months-long releases of information about America’s digital surveillance programs, should he return to the United States.

In April 2017 however, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said publicly that Edward Snowden can stay in Russia until he decides to leave for himself.  When asked, Zakharova did not clarify on if Russia would consider extraditing Snowden to the U.S. at a later point in time.

This post is about more than just an update to a news story about privacy law and policy.  The difference in tone, content, and conclusion (or lack thereof) between the stories should lead readers to question the reliability of news stories that speculate.  In an age where people of all political leanings and affiliations make claims of fake news, we encourage the students we connect with to consume all media – no matter the source – with critical eyes.



1) Why do you believe Edward Snowden’s Leaks were a good or bad thing? 

2) Why do you believe Edward Snowden’s should or should not be punished for leaking the information that he did?

3) Why do you believe Edward Snowden’s should or should not be pardoned? 

Be sure to provide full explanations for each of your answers. For more details, you can read the articles this piece was sourced from here:



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