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The same NSA watchdog who said Edward Snowden “should have come to me” just got fired for retaliating against a whistleblower!
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The same NSA Inspector who condemned Edward Snowden for releasing evidence of illegal mass surveillance of Americans, instead of coming to him,1 was just FIRED for retaliating against another NSA whistleblower who did follow procedure!2
This proves that our whistleblower system is broken and Snowden deserves a pardon because he didn’t have a better or safer choice than going to the press.
Even former Attorney General Eric Holder agrees: “I think that he actually performed a public service by raising the debate that we engaged in and by the changes that we made."3
Presidential pardons exist for exactly this kind of extraordinary situation. We have less than two weeks to get President Obama to use his power to recognize Snowden’s public service.
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Presidential pardons are about justice. They are for when the legal system has failed, or the laws are unjust or when our consciences demand it.
Snowden made his sacrifice not for personal gain, but because he knew it was the only real way to expose the unconstitutional spying programs he witnessed.
Even had Edward Snowden followed the “proper” process, his whistleblowing wouldn’t have been protected.
Intelligence contractors, like Edward Snowden, are NOT protected by the Intelligence Community’s whistleblower protections. The Intelligence Community’s own lawyer even admits it.4
Snowden deserves to be pardoned, but we have less than two weeks to get President Obama to act.
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Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing revealed the NSA’s massive, secret – and unconstitutional – surveillance programs.
He took a huge personal risk to bring these programs to light. And his actions launched a vital national debate on whether the NSA should be spying on innocent Americans.
But three years later, Snowden is still being forced to live in exile and threatened with likely spending the rest of his life in prison if he ever comes back to the country he loves.
We're delivering more than 1 million petition signatures this Tuesday to push President Obama to officially pardon this important American whistleblower.
Stand up for Edward Snowden and tell President Obama: Three years is enough. Pardon Snowden and bring him home!
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1. Politico, “White House: Snowden 'is not a whistleblower',” September 14, 2016.
2. Project on Government Oversight, "NSA Watchdog Removed for Whistleblower Retaliation," December 15, 2016.
3. The Guardian, “Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed 'public service' with NSA leak,” May 30, 2016.
4. The Intercept, “Giving Intelligence Contractors Whistleblower Protections Doesn’t Have to Be 'Complicated',” November 6, 2015.