But Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published reports based on Snowden’s leaks, says such an asylum agreement would not stop him from publishing reports on the many confidential documents he has already received from Snowden.

“Given everything I know, I’d be very shocked if he ever asked me that,” Greenwald told POLITICO on Friday. “I’d deal with that hypothetical only in the extremely unlikely event that it ever happened, but I can’t foresee anything that would or could stop me from further reporting on the NSA documents I have.”