Media playback is unsupported on your device

White House rejects Edward Snowden amnesty

16 December 2013 Last updated at 20:43 GMT

The White House has ruled out the idea of granting amnesty to fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden despite a top National Security Agency (NSA) official suggesting potential amnesty if he stopped leaking documents.

In a press conference, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Mr Snowden faced felony charges in the US and should return to the country "where he will be accorded full due process and protections in our system".

Mr Carney also said the NSA official, Richard Ledgett - who is head of the NSA task force on the leaks' damage - had only offered "his personal opinion".

Mr Snowden is currently living in Russia, having been granted asylum for one year.

Most watched

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.