Trump 'very strongly' mulling pardon for Edward Snowden

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2020

Speculation is growing over whether Donald Trump might pardon Edward Snowden after the United States president told an interviewer that the exiled former intelligence operative was "not being treated fairly".

Edward Snowden, a former United States intelligence contractor who revealed in 2013 that the U.S. government was spying on its citizens, has said he would like to return to his home country, but only on the condition of a fair trial.

Snowden ran away the United States and was offered asylum in Russian Federation after he dripped a chest of secret files in 2013 to wire service that exposed large domestic and global monitoring operations performed by the NSA.

"He was acting not only in the interest of the American citizens, but in the interest of all the humankind", Kucherena said.

Now, when the local reporters asked the current President if he would be willing to, or planning to, pardon Snowden, Trump claimed to not know a lot about his case. Shortly after the leaks, Trump expressed (https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/395683702757662721) hostility toward Snowden, calling him "a spy who should be executed".

Trump, who once labelled the former Central Intelligence Agency contractor-turned-whistleblower a "trator", argued that there was no consensus amongst American political establishment on the matter. Opinions regarding Snowden's actions vary widely, with people on both sides of the partisan political divide viewing him as a patriot or traitor. "And other people think he did very bad things".

Some have called on Trump to pardon not only Snowden, but also Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, arguing that they both were "truth tellers who were prosecuted for sharing the truth".

Some civil libertarians have praised Snowden for revealing the extraordinary scope of America's digital espionage operations including domestic spying programs that senior USA officials had publicly insisted did not exist. Trump has harshly criticized past leaders of the USA intelligence community and FBI, and on Thursday took aim at the bureau's current director Christopher Wray, his own appointee. A conviction on espionage charges could send him to prison for decades.

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