Will Edward Snowden receive a federal pardon by January 20th 2021?

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From Reuters,

President Donald Trump said on [August 15th] he is considering a pardon for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor - now living in Russia - whose spectacular leaks shook the U.S. intelligence community in 2013.

The Republican president's comments followed an interview (here) Trump gave to the New York Post this week in which he said of Snowden that "there are a lot of people that think that he is not being treated fairly" by U.S. law enforcement.

U.S. authorities for years have wanted Snowden returned to the United States to face a criminal trial on espionage charges brought in 2013.

Snowden fled the United States and was given asylum in Russia after he leaked a trove of secret files in 2013 to news organizations that revealed vast domestic and international surveillance operations carried out by the NSA.

Trump's softening stance toward Snowden represents a sharp reversal. Shortly after the leaks, Trump expressed (here) hostility toward Snowden, calling him "a spy who should be executed."

This question resolves positively if reputable media sources report that Edward Snowden received a federal pardon before noon on January 20th, 2021 (the scheduled end of president Trump's first term). Otherwise it resolves negatively.

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