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Republican Congressman Wants Amnesty For Edward Snowden

"I think it would be best if the American government granted him amnesty."

Posted on August 12, 2013, at 1:38 p.m. ET

California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock wants amnesty for former National Security Agency contractor and NSA leaks source Edward Snowden.

"I think it would be best if the American government granted him amnesty to get him back to America where he can answer questions without the threat of prosecution," McClintock said. "We have some very good laws against sharing secrets and he broke those laws. On the other hand, he broke them for a very good reason because those laws were being used in direct contravention of our Fourth Amendment rights as Americans."

McClintock was speaking with NBC News' Sacramento-based-affiliate KCRATV last week after a town hall in Roseville, California.

The video of McClintock's remarks is below.

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