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Submission + - US Promises Not to Kill or Torture Snowden 2 2

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: The WSJ reports that Attorney General Eric Holder promises Edward Snowden won't be tortured or face the death penalty in a new letter hoping to persuade Russia not to grant him asylum or refugee status. Holder's letter, dated Tuesday, notes that press reports from Russia indicated Snowden sought asylum in part based on claims he could be tortured or killed by the US government. It is common for the US to promise not to seek the death penalty against individuals being sought in other countries, because even America's closest allies won't turn over suspects if they believe that person might be executed. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture found Bradley Manning's detention was 'cruel and inhuman'.
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US Promises Not to Kill or Torture Snowden

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  • Funny how in real first world countries that promise is implicit with an arrest. I wonder what could possibly have undermined our credibility in this regard.

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