Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden?

It has been three years since National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA files to media outlets that exposed global mass surveillance operations by the U.S. and British governments. If he returned to the United States from Russia, where he now lives in exile, he would face charges of theft of state secrets and violating the Espionage Act, and face at least 30 years in prison. This week his supporters launched a new call for President Obama to offer Snowden clemency, a plea agreement or a pardon before the end of his term.

DemocracyNow.org hosts a debate about whether Snowden should be pardoned with Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Bradley Moss, a national security attorney who has represented whistleblowers.

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4 Responses to "Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden?"

  1. PQ  September 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    “Pardon” hell, Snowden should be awarded a damned medal and appointed head of the NSA since he’s one of the very few with a shred of integrity. He clearly did what he did for all the right reasons, and I consider it a disgrace that so many fall for the tribe’s media hype to crucify him for threatening their infiltrated power structure.

    And Greenwald’s gay? Who gives a flying f__k? Anyone with a quarter of a brain can see gay people do NOT choose to be that way, many of them tried desperately to pretend they weren’t, which is worth more than anything a contradictory bible said on the subject two thousand years ago when people were still struggling with the belief in a flat earth. The few who want to do anything but live their own quiet private lives do so because so-called “conservative” fundies only a few years ago believed it was Big Government’s job to legislate what they could do in their own damned bedrooms, the hypocrites. So please keep that separate and irrelevant sh*t out of actual important debates, like uprooting the subversion within or getting the government to obey the Constitution. Wasn’t it “conservative” Dubya who called the Constition a goddamned piece of paper? Why yes, in fact, it was. So please shut it.

    Yeah the world’s a weird layered place with agendas behind agendas, but I watched the real-time footage in that excellent short movie CitizenFour, and I have difficulty believing this wasn’t a real guy struggling with real issues – and displayed a heroic courage and monumental integrity while doing it, on top of a great articulateness about the encroachment of the totalitarian police state that the stupid jingoists back home buying the “treason” brainwash bullsh*t will never have. And all those pundits mealymouthing about how he must have sold out to Russia can someday soon rot in hell like they deserve.

    Shame on most of us for not doing better. And good on you Ed, we seem to be still mostly too stupid to be worthy of what you’ve done.

  2. J Peregrine  September 16, 2016 at 7:35 am

    Former Voice of Russia reporter John Anthony Robles II’s (& former guest on Pacifica Radio’s “Circle of Red Nations”?):

    “When you realize that Snowden, Poitras, Greenwald and their platform ‘The Intercept’ along with all the so-called Snowden Docs, are all being sponsored and are in fact owned by Iranian Color Revolution sponsor billionaire Pierre Omidyar then you will a[ls]o question the Snowden myth.”

    Also see Robles further exposure of Snowden in “The Truth about VOR” on Pastebin.

  3. J Peregrine  September 16, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Snowen’s and his homosexual porn peddler buddy Greenwald’s patron is billionaire and CIA color revolution sponsor Pierre Omidyar, now the owner of Snowden’s world famous thumb drives and laptops. Way to go, VT, you are promoting a CIA limited hangout. Check out “Pierre Omidyar co-funded Ukraine revolution groups with US government, documents show,” by Mark Ames on Pando, Feb. 28, 2014.

  4. J Peregrine  September 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

    Snowden is a CIA limited hangout poseur. He is part of the CIA’s turf war against the NSA, and really is not worthy of this kind of free advertising at VT and Democracy Now. Check out Jon Rappoport’s “Snowden, NSA, and Fairy Tales a Child Could See Through.”

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