Should President Obama pardon Edward Snowden? | The Tylt
Whistleblower Edward Snowden wants President Barack Obama to pardon him before the president leaves office in January. Snowden claims that U.S. citizens benefited from him leaking information on the government's surveillance of American people. He's had asylum at an undisclosed location in Russia for 3 years. While some Americans think he's a hero, others think Snowden is a dangerous traitor. Scroll to read more and vote!
Should President Obama pardon Edward Snowden?
Snowden told the Guardian:
“Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but that is perhaps why the pardon power exists – for the exceptions, 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.”
“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013 the laws of our nation changed. The [US] Congress, the courts and the president all changed their policies as a result of these disclosures. At the same time there has never been any public evidence that any individual came to harm as a result.”
Some Americans agree, calling the whistleblower a hero.
Prominent rights groups are campaigning for Snowden's pardon.
Regardless of Snowden breaking the law, he provided important information on governmental surveillance to the public.
But it seems unlikely that Obama would actually pardon Snowden. And it's even more unlikely that Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would either.
Some think he broke the law and put the U.S.'s security at risk. He's far too dangerous for a pardon.
Some Americans find Snowden's actions to be the ultimate slap in the face.
He's not a hero to them, but a traitor.