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Forum Post: Will Biden Pardon Snowden?

Posted 1 year ago on July 29, 2020, 11:48 p.m. EST by elf3 (4203)
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I believe that Snowden is a hero of our time, and must be pardoned. Scooter Libby was pardoned for doing far worse...he outed an active duty CIA agent Valerie Plame who was working to prevent the sale of weapons of mass destruction that could be used to harm our citizens risking not only her life but the lives of the citizenry.

On the other hand Snowden blew the whistle on NSA citizen spying. It is against the constitution for our government to spy on us. Therefore he actually helped enforce the laws of our nation while Scooter Libby broke them.

Will Biden make a pledge to pardon Snowden if he is elected? Will he prove he is not afraid to challenge those who seek to violate our citizenry? Will he stand up for our most fundamental rights? Will he protect those who stand up to protect our freedoms? It seems at this moment in history someone like Snowden willing to risk his own life, and willing to sacrifice to preserve democracy would make a far better leader than any of our current candidates. Will Biden show his support at least for that courage and strength and service of a true patriot?



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[-] 2 points by factsrfun (8306) from Phoenix, AZ 1 year ago

No he will not pardon Snowden because Snowden embarrassed Obama, but really it was getting on that plane to Moscow way back when, that's when Snowden sealed his fate. It doesn't matter because Snowden will never leave Russia, that was sealed the minute he got on the plane to Venezuela via Moscow.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 year ago

''The show trial of Julian Assange: A Cruel & Pseudolegal farce" by Thomas Scripps & Kevin Reed:

"Even as the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the UK prison system, Assange remains incarcerated in Belmarsh. Medical experts who have examined him report that his health is deteriorating and he could die in prison.

"The new indictment expands the scope of what is branded as criminal activity. The charge of “unauthorized disclosure of defense information” formerly accused Assange simply of “publishing [the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs and the State Department Cables] on the internet.” This has now been expanded to include “distributing” the documents, for example, to other media organizations.

"Assange associates Sarah Harrison, Jacob Applebaum and one-time WikiLeaks employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg are now also targeted as “co-conspirators.” Efforts to help a persecuted whistleblower (Edward Snowden) gain asylum and even to speak in defense of his actions are criminalized, as are the most general statements in support of government transparency.

"These details make it clear that while Julian Assange has been isolated in prison and unable to meet with his lawyers, the US government has been building its extradition case and expanding the scope of its vendetta against all those who have helped WikiLeaks bring the truth to the people of the world.

"Julian Assange, who faces 175 years in federal prison for exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan that claimed tens of thousands of lives, is being persecuted as part of an international drive by the ruling elite to criminalize whistleblowers, journalists and political dissent."

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