Snowden to Obama: I deserve a pardon

Snowden to Obama: I deserve a pardon

By Nick Salazar   
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For his actions, Snowden faces at least 30 years in prison under the Espionage Act.

WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — Former NSA contractor and Edward Snowden said in an interview published Tuesday that he deserved a pardon from President Obama, arguing his actions led to positive changes in the United States.

“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,” Snowden said in an interview with The Guardian.

Snowden has been a fugitive from the U.S. government since he fled to Russia in 2013 after claiming responsibility for the largest leak of classified information in American history.

“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.”

Snowden is aiming for a pardon during the final days of Obama’s presidency, a period when some presidents choose to issue pardons for unexpected petitioners given the minimum political fallout.

In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International are aiming to launch a campaign to raise awareness and press Obama to issue a pardon before he leaves office in early 2017.

That campaign is set to launch Wednesday ahead of a release of Oliver Stone’s bioptic about Snowden set for Friday.

For his actions, Snowden faces at least 30 years in prison under the Espionage Act.

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