Accused spy, Edward Snowden, who reportedly stole 1.7 million top secret government documents is rumored to be in a discussion with the U.S. government to plead guilty to a lesser crime and return the documents. This plea deal would avoid 10 year prison sentences on each possible crime, where he could possibly face life behind bars in a federal prison. Some of the charges involve disclosing classified information to an unauthorized party, theft of government property as well as disclosing communications intelligence information.
Snowden became an international fugitive after stealing and revealing some of the U.S. government secrets, and finally took up residence in Russia. At first, President Putin seemed sympathetic to U.S. concerns about Snowden, but then as relations between Moscow and Washington worsened, Russia seemed to give asylum to the accused spy.