Former NSA intelligence analyst: Snowden pardon request is ‘height of absurdity’

edward-snowden-nsaA former National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence analyst has hit out at agency whistleblower Edward Snowden for urging US president Barack Obama to grant him a presidential pardon on the grounds his infamous disclosures were beneficial to the public. Snowden, who currently resides in Russia under asylum after handing over one million secret NSA documents to journalists, previously said that he would return home to the US if he could be guaranteed a fair trial – an option that seems unlikely under the current administration.