The government is going to want to make an example of Snowden, if only to deter others from blowing the whistle on secret government programs the way he did. Officials are going to try everything they can to put him away for life, or at least for a very long time. That's why they have charged him with violating the provisions of the Espionage Act of 1917.
That is why, for his sake, Snowden better hope that Ecuador, or Iceland or any other country where he is seeking political asylum, comes through for him.
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