Snowden's remaining docs unlikely to tie US hands
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's the stuff of spy novels: The hunted-down protagonist wins in the end because he's got damaging documents squirrelled 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 thing coming. Nothing he has is likely to scare off American prosecutors.
Snowden, stuck at a Russian airport while he seeks asylum from several countries, has not overtly threatened the US that he would release more damaging documents. But the journalist through whom he has been working, Mr Glenn Greenwald, has said that blueprints that detail how the NSA operates will be made public if something should happen to Snowden.
"This is his insurance policy," said Mr Greenwald, a columnist with Britain's Guardian newspaper who received Snowden's initial leaks and who communicates with the former NSA systems analyst.