Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden. Today We’re Launching a Campaign to Make It Happen — and We’ve Got a Lot of Help.

Thanks to Edward Snowden’s act of conscience, we’ve made historic strides in our fight for surveillance reform and improved cybersecurity. That’s why today, ahead of this week’s release of the Oliver Stone movie “Snowden,” we’re unveiling a major effort calling on President Obama to pardon the NSA whistleblower.

The ACLU is being joined in this campaign by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, and we already have an impressive list of over 100 former national security officials, legal scholars, technology and business leaders, human rights activists, and artists on board, including:

George Soros, founder and chair of the Open Society Foundations
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple
Timothy Edgar, former director at the Obama White House National Security Staff
Maggie Gyllenhaal, actor
Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Michael Stipe, musician
Teju Cole, writer
Melvin Goodman, former CIA division chief and senior analyst
Bruce Ackerman, Yale Law School professor
Eve Ensler, writer
Daniel Radcliffe, actor

You can see the full list and add your name at pardonsnowden.org

The government has charged Snowden under the Espionage Act, a World War One-era law that doesn’t distinguish between selling secrets to foreign governments and giving them to journalists working in the public interest. If Snowden were to be tried under the charges he faces, any argument that his actions benefited the public would be inadmissible in court.

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.

Snowden has already been vindicated in multiple ways: A panel appointed by the president to review the NSA’s surveillance program recommended ­­dozens of reforms. Last year, a federal appeals court found the NSA’s call-tracking program revealed by Snowden was illegal. The following month, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which ended bulk collection of call data by the US government. That bill marked the first time Congress has acted to rein in government surveillance since the 1970s. Journalists at The Guardian and Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on Snowden’s disclosures.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said, “We can certainly argue about the way in which Snowden did what he did, but I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made.” And Obama himself commented that the debate sparked by the whistleblower “will make us stronger.”

It’s indisputable that our democracy is better off thanks to Snowden, and it’s precisely for cases like his that the pardon power exists. President Obama should use this power for good instead of leaving an American whistleblower stranded in exile.

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Bob

Yes, he should!

Anonymous

And thanks to Snowden, the risk of war and terrorist attack has exponentially increased. He is a psychopath who has put billions of lives in danger for his own ego.

There is to right to privacy on the internet. If you want something kept private, you don't put it online.

Anonymous

You're an idiot...

Matt Mc

How do you figure? You got any facts or sources to back this?

Robert Tarkenton

This has nothing to do with the NSA reading people's Facebook posts, etc.

Anonymous

This just shows how little you know about government surveillance and the what Snowden actually did.

Anonymous

•"There is [n]o right to privacy on the internet."

Then publish your real name.

Jesse

the government was asked to produce a list of anyone who might have been negatively affected by Snowden's information leak. they produced one almost entirely redacted document. that's bush league shit. that's a note from the teacher. stop with your bullshit. this man is a modern saint

Meister

You should do some homework on what Snowden actually did. I think you are confusing him with Julian Assange.

Anonymous

Lol you're one of those who would fight for the government over our own constitution. You would fight for the establishment instead of The People. Go to bed and stay sleep.

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