Judge Napolitano On Edward Snowden Being Charged With Espionage


Federal prosecutors have charged NSA leaker Edward Snowden with espionage. He's also facing charges of theft and conversion of government property.

Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Fox Report saying that this step is necessary for the government to start the extradition process.

While Napolitano praised Snowden's decision to expose to the American public that the government has been spying on them, he thinks he may have a difficult time defending himself against these charges. "The issue for him is whether or not a court will permit him to make that argument which is essentially a moral and constitutional argument, it's not a legal defense. He has essentially admitted to having done what the government has charged him with."

According to the judge, Snowden could serve a life sentence for espionage, but won't face the death penalty.