NYT, Guardian: Pardon Snowden
NSA whistleblower 'has done country a great service'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 2, 2014 7:18 AM CST
Updated Jan 2, 2014 7:41 AM CST
In this image made from video released by WikiLeaks on Oct. 11, 2013, Edward Snowden smiles during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Apparently it's Edward Snowden appreciation day. The New York Times and the Guardian both published editorials today calling on authorities to pardon or grant amnesty to the NSA leaker. "Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight," the Times argues. "He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service."

President Obama believes Snowden should be tried under the Espionage Act, and has argued that he should have gone through the proper channels. But whistleblower protections don't extend to contractors, and Snowden says he did try the proper channels. Besides, the Guardian points out, the Espionage Act is "a clumsy and crude law" for leaks to journalists, because defendants can't argue in court that they were acting in the public interest—as Snowden surely was, revealing thousands of illegal actions on the NSA's part. "When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law," the Times argues, "that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government." Click for the Times' editorial, or the Guardian's is here.

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Jan 4, 2014 3:20 AM CST
I can understand Pax Americana types who see this man as a traitor. No patriot wants to admit failures of the government. It's the sniveling, hypocritical, spineless slaves that bother me. They call him a hero then turn around and ask government for protection.
Chuck Roast
Jan 3, 2014 9:56 PM CST
Funny, I never see GUN ads. I see knife Ads, it must be the PC folks at newsy censoring the page content......
Jan 2, 2014 10:18 PM CST
NO PARDON! Snowjob did it all for fame! NOT to be a "selfless hero"! The information Snowjob possesses is EXACTLY the kind of stuff al Qaeda wants leaked out so they can learn better ways to kill Americans at will. Not to mention, maybe names and locations of counter-terrorism spies that the U.S. has out in the field infiltrating the ranks of those would-be murderers. People want to complain about the NSA and alleged "spying", but then they'll also complain about not feeling the government is doing enough to protect them from al Qaeda! Why has the NSA been doing what they're doing? Do you really think they're interested in the recipes your wife is emailing to her mother? Did people think the authorities use magic to uncover terrorist plots? Which would you prefer, spying on you or terrorism on you?