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Excerpt: "More than 1 million people signed onto a petition asking outgoing President Barack Obama to pardon former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, charged with espionage and theft of state secrets and documents."

Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a conference at University of Buenos Aires Law School, Argentina, November 14, 2016. (photo: Reuters)
Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a conference at University of Buenos Aires Law School, Argentina, November 14, 2016. (photo: Reuters)


More Than 1 Million People Urge Obama to Pardon Snowden

By teleSUR

15 January 17

 

The Obama administration has said repeatedly that Snowden must face the charges against him and that he'll be afforded a fair trial.

ore than 1 million people signed onto a petition asking outgoing President Barack Obama to pardon former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, charged with espionage and theft of state secrets and documents.

"Pardoning Snowden would show the world the U.S. cares about human rights at a time of great concern,” said Ben Wizner, Snowden's attorney who along with other privacy activists began the Pardon Snowden Campaign in September.

The Obama administration has said repeatedly that Snowden must face the charges against him and that he'll be afforded a fair trial, something Wizner describes as a dodge. In 2013, Snowden fled to Russia and was granted temporary asylum there.

Snowden leaked classified NSA documents detailing surveillance programs run by the U.S. and its allies to journalists in 2013, kicking off a heated debate on whether Americans should be willing to sacrifice internet privacy to help the government protect the country from terrorist attacks.

Activists are also concerned that the possible mending of ties between Moscow and Washington under the rule of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would lead to Snowden's extradition to the U.S. and his serving of jail sentence.

However, Snowden has said he is not worried about his fate and future in the Trump era that will start on Jan. 20. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

Trump's pick for national intelligence director Dan Coats has openly attacked Snowden’s NSA disclosures. Many people around the world consider him a hero who did what was morally correct and performed a public service.


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+12 # ronnewmexico 2017-01-15 15:36
Agree with the above comment 100%.

That aside I think this will be a test of the Putin administration. Much could be profitted by his release to the Trump cast of clowns but my guess is though he is indeed a dictator but also honerable in that his word could be trusted.

The proof will be in the pudding as they say. If he does not it wil say a thing affirming my estimation. If not, he is as our politicians are inlined to be. Dispicable largely.

I'd say there is zero chance Obsma pardons him, much as I think it is a good idea to pursue this petition. The recent russian strategy of the dems speaks against this happening..
 
 
+22 # DongiC 2017-01-15 17:35
Snowden is a brave fellow who blew the whistle on the NSA and its surveillance program. He deserves to be free not hiding out in Russia. Come on Barrack, free the poor guy.
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2017-01-15 18:05
A crawl on RT yesterday said "Assange says he will agree to extradition if Obama releases Chelsea Manning".

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-12/assange-agrees-extradition-if-obama-grants-chelsea-manning-clemency
 
 
+7 # suziemama 2017-01-15 22:20
Just a note here, in case it matters to anyone.... Snowden did not choose to go to Russia. He had planned to go to somewhere in Central or South America, but somehow the US govn't had him dropped in Russia. I forget the details now.
 
 
+10 # Nancy Jakeman 2017-01-16 01:56
Barack. One of the aspects I most supported when you were running for the High Office of President was that you said you would support whistle blowers. Ah! I thought! This man is to begin to set the country free. You have, much to my grief, done the opposite. Please let Julian Assange and Wickileaks, and all the whistle blowers who have appeared during your administration go free, not just Edward Snowdon. It will be quite a while before the many pressures that have been put upon you and consequently upon others coming after you will face the light of day. There are those of us who know of this lift to freedom which IS coming. Have courage now. Set them free, those shining ones who would have us liberated from mediocrity by giving us the truth.
 
 
+5 # Capn Canard 2017-01-16 06:25
Pardon Snowden?
WTF? Can we expect the US gubmint to do just one good and righteous thing?
... Perhaps those compassionate Americans may be getting too greedy.

I suspect that Obama wouldn't touch this with a ten foot pole.

If Obama were to pardon Snowden then he may have to admit that he, Obama, and the great and powerful United States of America isn't crumbling because of Edward Snowden revelations, and perhaps the failure of America may in reality be the fault of some other political games, say the auto-erotica of our wealthy lords of big finance.

Perhaps Obama is just the useful tool of the wealthy and powerful who pull his strings. I suspect he feels a need to protect his family, the rest of us will get the sharp end of the stick
 
 
+3 # RnR 2017-01-16 07:20
Oh please, O does what the "intelligence" community tells him to do.
 
 
+8 # MidwestTom 2017-01-16 10:08
The Obama administration has prosecuted more whistle blowers than all previous administration combined. Snowden should be a national hero, not a fugitive. Nothing that Snowden or Assang released has been denied. They spoke the TRUTH. Our Ruling Class is disturbed, but we the people need to demand real change.
 
 
+6 # oakes721 2017-01-16 10:32
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Leaving a legacy of dark and ugly secrecy after promising a great light, while biting the hands that feed us that promised truth then killing innocents while droning for their oil ~ it would behoove an out-going leader to act with a shred of compassion, righting some wrongs as one who might truly wish his nation fare well.
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+2 # davidh7426 2017-01-16 13:23
Does anybody here really believe that a pardon from Obama is actually worth the paper it would be written on, or that Obama's word is actually good.

Pardon or not, if Snowden ever sets foot in a country where America can get him, they will... He's embarrassed them and pardon or not, they'll neither forgive, nor forget.

Snowden would be better off staying in Russia, he may not want that, but at least he'd be alive.

All he's got to look forward to in America is an eternity in prison, or an unmarked hidden grave.
 
 
+1 # ronnewmexico 2017-01-16 22:41
Aristeed on his way back to Haiti after being sanctioned there at the request of the US government was accompanied on the flight by many leftist notables to include Amy Goodman and her crew.

Point is Snowden is a national figure. The left will take steps to protect their own and being in the limelight conffers certain benefits.

A public pardon cannot be retracted and can be done pre charge as was done with Nixon by Ford. Carter and the viet nam expats in Canada as well, a bigger new item back in that day..
 

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