> Of course, being banished to Russia, is fine too..
Banished? Snowden wasn't banished. If he comes back to the States, the US government will kill him in the fastest, swiftest trial you'll ever see.
I lived in Russia for 5 years. While I'm not a huge fan of the government, the people are amazing and friendship is for life. It's a pretty good quality of life for those that don't know. I don't think Snowden is missing much from the states, except peanut better, ranch dressing and cream cheese (oh, and good chips).
He'll likely get a pardon when the american people are ready to oust those congressional folks that are pushing this high surveillance agenda, primarily those older folks like Mich McConnell that come from old power.