Snowden's Remaining Docs Unlikely to Tie US hands

By: AP
By: AP
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the stuff of spy novels: The hunted-down protagonist wins in the end because he's got damaging documents squirreled away, a bargaining chip against the bureaucrats who want to silence him.

If National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden thinks he's living in such a thriller, legal experts say he's got another think coming. Nothing he has is likely to scare off the prosecution.

The Justice Department is not discussing its strategy to put Snowden behind bars. But while the U.S. isn't eager for more classified information to be disclosed, there's little chance Snowden will be able to use what he has as a bargaining chip to negotiate his prosecution or extradition. That's because giving into threats would risk opening the door for others to take similar action in the future.

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