A couple of things:
[li]Snowden hasn’t been indicted on any charges[/li][li]This amnesty is being mooted by the guy who is apparently the top candidate for the soon-to-be vacant job of (civilian) Deputy Director of the NSA - so it’s basically the NSA unofficially running an idea up the flag pole[/li][/ol]
It seems to me the state has to cut its losses on this; you have a guy who pretty much the entire non-US world sees as a hero hold up in Russia - Russia, for goodness sake - unable to return to the land of the free for fear of prosecution.
At the same time, it looks like the President will be making changes based on Snowden’s steady trickle of disclosures, of which we’re about 1% done: effectively, Snowden is more than informing Presidential policy at this point.
It seems what Snowden has done is being implicitly endorsed by the Head of State? Or not - how do you read this slightly surreal situation?