CNET – Officials at the National Security Agency are divided over whether to offer an amnesty deal to espionage suspect Edward Snowden, who is said to have cost the agency tens of millions of dollars to ensure his presence was removed from its networks.
The former NSA contractor, who has been granted asylum in Russia, is said to have stolen 1.7 million classified documents from government computers before fleeing the US in June. However, law enforcement officials concede they may never know the size of his haul.
“They’ve spent hundreds and hundreds of man-hours trying to reconstruct everything he has gotten, and they still don’t know all of what he took,” a senior administration official told The New York Times. “I know that seems crazy, but everything with this is crazy.”
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