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Snowden Wouldn't Face Death Penalty, Holder Tells Russia

The U.S. wants Russia to send the "NSA leaker" home for prosecution. In a letter to his Russian counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder gives what he says are assurances that Edward Snowden should not be "treated as a refugee or granted asylum."

Report: Feds Have Asked Web Firms For Users' Passwords

Sources tell CNET News that government investigators have asked for such data. Whether any company has turned the information over isn't clear. The report is the latest in a string of stories in recent weeks about steps that the National Security Agency and FBI are reportedly taking.

In Closing Arguments, Prosecutors Portray Manning As Reckless

At issue is whether Pfc. Bradley Manning knowingly provided intelligence to enemies of the U.S. The aiding-the-enemy charge is punishable by life in prison.

For American Defectors To Russia, An Unhappy History

Edward Snowden would be the latest of many Americans who've sought refuge inside Russia after leaving the U.S. Their fate has rarely — if ever — played out the way they'd intended.

Proposed House Amendment Would Limit NSA's Authority

The House is voting on Wednesday on whether to take away funding from the National Security Agency for the program that collects the phone records of Americans. The amendment to the defense spending bill has the support of liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans, but is opposed by the Obama administration.

Snowden's Presence A 'Comfortable' Problem For Russia

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is close to leaving the transit lounge of the Moscow airport after authorities issued paperwork that would allow him into Russia, his lawyer says. But Snowden hasn't actually received the certificate and must remain in place for the time being. But the news caused a flurry of interest with TV cameras trained on airport exits.

Russia May Soon Let Snowden Leave Airport

Reports from Moscow say "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden has been granted the temporary asylum he's been seeking from Russian authorities. His next step would likely be to get permanent asylum from one of the nations that say they're willing to take him — Boliva, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

Lack Of Leaders Puts Strain On Homeland Security Department

Fifteen top posts at the Department of Homeland Security, including retiring Secretary Janet Napolitano's position, are now vacant or soon will be. Many are being filled on a temporary basis, and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle want the Obama administration to get busy filling those jobs, too.

U.S. Worries NSA Leaker's Files Could Be Hacked

The Russian lawyer for NSA leaker Edward Snowden predicts his client will soon get temporary asylum in Russia. Snowden and his allies say his laptops contain files that could be highly damaging to NSA operations. Security experts say it would be challenging but by no means impossible for Russian (or Chinese) cyber technicians to gain access to the files Snowden has with him, in spite of his promises to safeguard them.

Sterilization Behind Bars: Mothers 'Lose Humanity,' Says Advocate

A recent report found that doctors in California sterilized more than one hundred female inmates without taking the proper steps for consent. For more, host Michel Martin speaks with Malika Saada Saar of the Human Rights Project for Girls.