President Trump will consider a request to pardon NSA leaker Edward Snowden who released a trove of national secrets (and illegal goings on by alphabet agencies) in 2013.
“I’m going to start looking at it,” Trump said at a news conference in New Jersey.
Snowden was granted asylum by Russia in 2013.
Snowden’s leaks exposed a vast domestic and international surveillance operation carried out by the NSA. U.S. authorities have since sought to have Snowden return to face criminal espionage charges.
His attorney says it differently.
“He was acting not only in the interest of the American citizens, but in the interest of all the humankind,” the attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, said.
The NSA was (still is) collecting data on every American.
Trump once called Snowden a spy who should be executed. Reflecting now about he now sees him as more of a leaker. I used to think Snowden should have gone through the legal process as a leaker but after having seen how our intel agencies operate, I’d sooner believe in the Tooth Fairy.
What Snowden showed was how alphabet agencies who are bound by U.S. laws are skirting those very laws legally using independent contractors for many of their intelligence operations, contractors many of whom employ foreign nationals, and grant them access to raw unfiltered extremely sensitive and damaging intelligence information which in foreign hands poses an extremely grave threat to U.S. National Security.
In effect these independent intelligence contractors have been given the keys to the kingdom with no oversight.