Snowden to President Obama: I deserve a pardon

Snowden to President Obama: I deserve a pardon
By Joe Mullin

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Edward Snowden and his allies have formally made the case that he should be pardoned by President Barack Obama. The ACLU, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch launched the website today to press the cause, and Snowden himself spoke to The Guardian in a video interview.

“if not for these disclosures, we would be worse off,” said Snowden, speaking to Guardian reporter Ewen MacAskill, one of the journalists with whom he shared secret documents in 2013. “Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but that is perhaps why the pardon power exists. For the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but when we look at them morally, when we look at them ethically, when we look at the results, it seems these were necessary things, these were vital things.”

Snowden argued that the changes put in place by Congress, US courts, and the president all show that society has benefited from his actions, adding that “there has never been any public evidence that any individual came to harm as a result.”

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September 14, 2016 at 02:08PM
via Ars Technica UK