Late last night President Trump released his final list of pardons and commutations. However, two names did not appear on that list, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.
Trump, who has railed against the deep state, was overtaken by them and it is well apparent in the list released last night.
Edward Snowden is a young American who became aware of a mass surveillance system that had been growing secretly for years without democratic consent. At great personal risk, he blew the whistle.
Thanks to his act of conscience, America’s surveillance programs have been subjected to democratic scrutiny, the NSA’s surveillance powers were reined in for the first time in decades, and technology companies around the world are newly invigorated to protect their customers and strengthen our communications infrastructure.
Snowden should be hailed as a hero. Instead, he is exiled in Moscow, and faces decades in prison under World War One-era charges that treat him like a spy. Ed stood up for us, and it’s time for us to stand up for him.
It is sad to see a President leave Washington disgraced and the one thing he could have done to restore part of his legacy would have been to Pardon these two whistleblowers.
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