By Deirdre Fulton, TruthDig, published on September 13, 2016,
An interview in The Guardian with Edward Snowden gives his reasons why he believes that President Obama should pardon him for leaking documents about the government’s surveillance on its citizens.
Snowden says, “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,” Snowden continued. “The 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.” He says that if these revelations were not made as they were, we would be worse off.
President Obama has prosecuted more whistleblowers in his terms in office than all the others combined in previous years. It is unlikely that Snowden will get his pardon under Obama and probably even less likely under either Clinton or Trump.
Read the article and be sure to watch the video interview.