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Should Edward Snowden Be Pardoned?

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I think it's important to know that the government is spying on its citizens. But in the eyes of the law, what he did was a crime.
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I think it's important to know that the government is spying on its citizens. But in the eyes of the law, what he did was a crime.
He should be allowed back in the country and serve out his sentence. He should not be given a long sentence either. There are hundreds of cases where people have leaked documents and they do not get life in prison. We all know he will not get a fair trial therefore I think he should just stay put for now.
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He committed treason. Why would a pardon be considered?
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Speaking on Monday via a video link from Moscow, where he is in exile, Snowden said any evaluation of the consequences of his leak of tens of thousands of National Security Agency and GCHQ documents in 2013 would show clearly that people had benefited.
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He committed treason. Why would a pardon be considered?
A presidential pardon is not an endorsement of the underlying actions of an individual. To the contrary, the vast majority of pardons follow criminal convictions. Rather, pardons are issued because of mitigating or extenuating circumstances.
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A presidential pardon is not an endorsement of the underlying actions of an individual. To the contrary, the vast majority of pardons follow criminal convictions. Rather, pardons are issued because of mitigating or extenuating circumstances.
At the White House, though, there has been little in the way of conciliatory gestures. Spokesman Josh Earnest addressed the prospect of a pardon on Monday, saying that President Obama's position had not changed.
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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.
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The Pardon Snowden campaign will work through the end of Obama’s administration to make the case that Snowden’s act of whistleblowing benefited the United States and enriched democratic debate worldwide, and we’re asking citizens to write to the president via our website.

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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.
Obama is his last chance. Either of the presidential candidates would love the chance to bury him. I hope Obama does the right thing and let him go.
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