ACLU: Edward Snowden Should Be Thanked, Not Punished. Pardoned Now.


According to an article at, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and other prominent human rights organizations will launch a formal campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden for revealing the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programs.

The timing of the campaign is to capitalize on the release of the movie Snowden, by Oliver Stone. It apparently shows a torn and guilt-ridden Edward Snowden dealing with the burden of spying secretly on the citizens of the United States.

“I think Oliver will do more for Snowden in two hours than his lawyers have been able to do in three years,” Ben Wizner, Snowden’s lawyer and director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. “We think the proper response to Edward Snowden shouldn’t be what the punishment should be, it should be how to thank him.”


At the Toronto Film Festival, Stone said he “hopes” Obama pardons Snowden, but was quick to note that, considering Obama expanded the mass surveillance programs Snowden uncovered, he doesn’t expect it to happen.


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