U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden speaking during a dinner with US ex-intelligence workers and activists in Moscow on October 9, 2013. AFP/WIKILEAKS
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The White House rejected a call Tuesday to pardon Edward Snowden, saying the former intelligence contractor should "be judged by a jury of his peers" for leaking U.S. government secrets.The U.S. administration re-iterated its tough stance against the exiled fugitive, whom supporters regard as a whistleblower, in response to a petition on the White House website signed by more than 167,000 people.The U.S. administration has branded Snowden a hacker and a traitor who endangered lives by revealing the extent of the National Security Agency spying program.The administration said Monday the NSA will stop accessing the records November 29 and would destroy the records as soon as possible.
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