Edward Snowden: why Barack Obama should grant me a pardon

Edward Snowden: why Barack Obama should grant me a pardon
By Ewen MacAskill Defence and intelligence correspondent

Exclusive: whistleblower says citizens have benefited from his disclosure in 2013 of US and UK government surveillance

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Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.

The US whistleblower’s comments, made in an interview with the Guardian, came as supporters, including his US lawyer, stepped up a campaign for a presidential pardon. Snowden is wanted in the US, where he is accused of violating the Espionage Act and faces at least 30 years in jail.

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September 13, 2016 at 12:28PM
via US news | The Guardian http://ift.tt/2cJKTq0

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