The ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International have launched a campaign with other human rights organizations to ask President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. Although Obama has not made any indication that he’s interested in pardoning Snowden for revealing the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs, these organizations hope that showing massive support will encourage the President to change his mind. At the end of this article, take our poll and let us know if you think Snowden should be pardoned.
Here’s what you need to know.
Supporters who want Snowden pardoned can sign up on PardonSnowden.org here and send a pre-written message to Obama. There’s a long list of people who are already supporting the effort to pardon Snowden, including many easily recognizable names. They include Steve Wozniak, George Soros, Danny Glover, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jimmy Wales, Daniel Radcliffe, Susan Sarandon, Glenn Greenwald, Peter Saarsgaard, Michael Moore, Martin Sheen, and more.
Here’s the press conference where the ACLU announced launching this campaign:
In 2013, Snowden was charged under the Espionage Act on the basis of disseminating classified information. The law, Vice.com explains, does not make any distinction between spying for foreign governments and whistleblowing to journalists.
Some presidential candidates have already said they would pardon Snowden. Jill Stein of the Green Party said she would not only pardon Snowden, but put him on her Cabinet. Here’s just one of the many tweets she’s made about Snowden:
Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party has said that he would seriously look into it and would “probably pardon Snowden.”
Obama has not indicated any intention of pardoning Snowden, but supporters of the movement hope that Oliver Stone’s new movie combined with the ACLU’s campaign will change Obama’s mind before he leaves office. What do you think? Should Obama pardon Snowden? Let us know in the poll below.