August 3, 2013 12:57 AM

Their View | What next for Edward Snowden?

Russia’s decision Thursday to grant political asylum to Edward Snowden for a year frustrates — at least for the foreseeable future — the Obama administration’s attempt to return the former National Security Agency contractor to the U.S. to stand trial. Those who regard Snowden as a heroic whistle-blower hope that the administration will now abandon its attempt to prosecute him, but that is neither likely nor desirable. We believe the administration is right to try to bring Snowden to justice, even as we acknowledge that the service he performed in exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. electronic surveillance may entitle him to leniency.

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