The statement comes despite the outlet’s role in publishing some of Snowden’s leaked national security in its own capacity.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) — The editorial board of The Washington Post on Monday came out against a pardon for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
“Whether Mr. Snowden deserves a presidential pardon, as human rights organizations are demanding in a new national campaign timed to coincide with the film, is a complicated question, however, to which President Obama’s answer should continue to be ‘no,’” the Post said in an editorial Monday.
The editorial board contends that despite advocates arguing that Snowden did what was in the best interest of American citizens, he broke the law and should answer for his crimes.
“Mr. Snowden’s defenders don’t deny that he broke the law — not to mention oaths and contractual obligations — when he copied and kept 1.5 million classified documents,” the editorial says.
The statement comes despite the outlet’s role in publishing some of Snowden’s leaked national security in its own capacity, which led to a Pulitzer Prize.
Snowden, who is currently in Russia and out of the reach of American authorities, recently said he believed he deserved a pardon amid a public campaign to raise awareness and attempt to pressure Obama into a pardon during his final months in office.
“Ideally, Mr. Snowden would come home and hash out all of this before a jury of his peers. That would certainly be in the best tradition of civil disobedience, whose practitioners have always been willing to go to jail for their beliefs,” the Post said.