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Artists for Snowden

Posted 01/25/2017

Illustrators paid homage to the American whistleblower.

A Thank You From Edward Snowden

Posted 01/24/2017

You are authoring a story of how ordinary people come together to change our collective future.

Five Reasons Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden On His Last Day In Office

Noa Yachot and Geoffrey King

Posted 01/19/2017

With just 24 hours left in office, President Obama can still do the right thing by pardoning Edward Snowden.

An Act Of Clemency

Noa Yachot

Posted 01/18/2017

We join Edward Snowden in applauding President Obama for freeing Chelsea Manning.

Full Letter From Human Rights Leaders Asking President Obama To Pardon Edward Snowden

Posted 01/13/2017

On January 13, 2017, the Pardon Snowden campaign delivered more than 1 million signatures to the White House.

More Than 1 Million People Urge President Obama To Pardon Edward Snowden

Posted 01/13/2017

Snowden’s disclosures sparked a critical global debate about government surveillance.

The Fable of Edward Jay Epstein

Posted 01/09/2017

Edward Jay Epstein's book about Edward Snowden has an interesting relationship with reality.

What The Public Thinks About Edward Snowden

Posted 01/03/2017

We asked people what they think of Edward Snowden. Here are some of the nearly 3,000 responses we received.

House Intelligence Report is a Shameful Smear of an American Whistleblower

Noa Yachot

Posted 12/22/2016

The House Intelligence Committee report released today is full of falsehoods about Edward Snowden.

On Human Rights Day, Let There Be Light

Geoffrey King and Noa Yachot

Posted 12/10/2016

In honor of Human Rights Day, the Pardon Snowden campaign sought to illuminate why President Obama should bring Edward Snowden home.

Take a Public Stand for Snowden

Posted 12/02/2016

Do you support Edward Snowden? If so, we'd love to hear from you!

Church Committee staffers urge leniency for Edward Snowden

Geoffrey King and Noa Yachot

Posted 11/29/2016

Former Senate staffers who investigated government surveillance in the 1970s have called on President Obama and Attorney General Lynch to show leniency to Edward Snowden.

Prominent Writers Urge Obama to Pardon Edward Snowden

Geoffrey King

Posted 11/22/2016

More than 30 prominent writers have published a letter to President Obama requesting that he pardon Edward Snowden.

President Obama, You Do Have the Power to Pardon Snowden

Noa Yachot

Posted 11/18/2016

President Obama long ago recognized that Snowden’s actions “will make us stronger.” He should also know that Snowden wouldn’t be able to say so to a jury.

‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ Laureates Call on Obama to Pardon Edward Snowden

Geoffrey King

Posted 11/18/2016

Winners of Sweden's 'Alternative Nobel Prize' stand with fellow laureate Edward Snowden.

The Case for Pardoning Snowden Just Got Stronger

Noa Yachot

Posted 11/11/2016

The fight is on – for the world we believe in, the right to dissent, and the duty to speak truth to power. Ed should be able to come home and fight alongside us.

Let's Encrypt and the Snowden Effect

Parker Higgins

Posted 10/31/2016

One of the architects of Let's Encrypt, a new organization making tremendous strides in online security and privacy, speaks about Snowden's impact.

The Snowden Effect on Tech: How Snowden's Disclosures Made All Our Data Safer

Parker Higgins

Posted 10/17/2016

The Snowden revelations showed invasions of privacy, but the response has made all of us more secure.

Just 100 Days Left for Obama

Parker Higgins

Posted 10/11/2016

With only 100 days remaining in the Obama presidency, it's time to make the case for Ed.

A Week In, the Pardon Snowden Debate Keeps Heating Up

Noa Yachot

Posted 09/23/2016

It’s been a very eventful week since we launched the Pardon Snowden campaign.

Wolverton: Tech industry should lead Snowden pardon charge

Troy Wolverton

Posted 09/23/2016

Wolverton calls on tech industry to lead fight for Snowden pardon.

Opinion: For the sake of privacy, pardon Snowden

Timothy Edgar

Posted 09/21/2016

While Edward Snowden's leaks damaged US national security, the disclosures also led to crucial surveillance reforms. A pardon would signal to the world the US has learned from its mistakes and respects internet freedom, privacy, and human rights.

Edward Snowden is the perfect candidate for a presidential pardon

Katrina vanden Heuvel

Posted 09/20/2016

In sparking needed reform at home, he performed a public service.

As a source — and a patriot — Edward Snowden deserves a presidential pardon

Margaret Sullivan

Posted 09/20/2016

The former NSA contractor should be allowed to come home without criminal charges

Why President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden

Los Angeles Times

Posted 09/19/2016

Cases like Edward Snowden’s are precisely the reason the president’s constitutional pardon power exists.

Five common misconceptions about Edward Snowden - and why they're wrong

Trevor Timm

Posted 09/19/2016

There’s little truth in the five charges most often levelled at the whistleblower. Here’s why he deserves acclaim, not punishment.

Edward Snowden Says Disclosures Bolstered Individual Privacy

New York Times

Posted 09/16/2016

Speaking from Russia to a session of the Athens Democracy Forum, the whistle-blower said he would maintain his focus on U.S. surveillance policies.

Pardon Edward Snowden

Kenneth Roth and Salil Shetty

Posted 09/15/2016

The whistle-blower opened America’s eyes and changed our conversation. President Obama should allow him to come home safely.

Former CIA Officer: President Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden


Posted 09/15/2016

Edward Snowden let Americans evaluate the costs and benefits of omniscient domestic surveillance for themselves.

Snowden: Silencing whistleblowers imperils democracy

Associated Press

Posted 09/14/2016

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Wednesday thanked supporters who launched a campaign for his pardon and said for the sake of democracy, future whistleblowers must not be silenced. Speaking by video link from Moscow, where he has been in exile since 2013, Snowden said that while the Founding Fathers created checks and balances to guard against government abuses, "whistleblowers, acting in the public interest, often at great risk to themselves, are another check on those abuses of power, especially through their collaboration with journalists." He said whistleblowing "is democracy's safeguard of last resort, the one on which we rely when all other checks and balances have failed and the public has no idea what's going on behind closed doors."

Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home

Ed Pilkington

Posted 09/14/2016

Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower

Activists Launch Campaign Urging Obama To Pardon Edward Snowden


Posted 09/14/2016

Supporters of National Security Agency data leaker Edward Snowden launched a campaign Wednesday urging President Obama to pardon Snowden from a possible 30-year prison sentence. Snowden has been exiled in Russia since making off with a trove of NSA files in 2013, and he spoke from there via video link to his supporters Wednesday. The campaign coincides with the release of an Oliver Stone biopic titled, Snowden.

Activists launch campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden


Posted 09/14/2016

Activists and lawyers from a host of human rights organizations launched a campaign today asking President Obama to issue a pardon to whistleblower Edward..

Why Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden

Timothy Edgar

Posted 09/14/2016

Timothy Edgar was director of privacy and civil liberties in Obama's National Security Staff. Here's his case for a pardon for Edward Snowden.

What Should Happen to Edward Snowden? A Q&A With His Lawyer

The Nation

Posted 09/12/2016

President Obama will grant his last pardons by January 20, 2017, his final day in office. With that in mind, and with Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden biopic slated for release this fall, I sat down with Ben Wizner in July to ask about the NSA whistle-blower’s chances of coming home soon.

President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden before he leaves office

The Verge

Posted 06/27/2016

For the last three years, one month, and seven days, Edward Snowden has been living in exile from the United States.

I, Snowbot

New York Magazine

Posted 06/26/2016

For a man accused of espionage and effectively exiled in Russia, Edward Snowden is also, strangely, free.

Eric Holder: Snowden performed a 'public service'


Posted 05/30/2016

Former Attorney General Eric Holder said the national debate launched by NSA leaker Edward Snowden should be factored into any eventual sentence he's given.

EU Parliament votes to protect Edward Snowden


Posted 10/29/2015

The European Parliament voted Thursday in support of a resolution that calls on member states to protect Edward Snowden from extradition.

The most wanted man in the world


Posted 08/22/2014

I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs?

Clemency for Edward Snowden would not set a dangerous precedent

The Atlantic

Posted 01/02/2014

In fact, it sets no precedent at all: His singular leak justifies special treatment.

Snowden affair: the case for a pardon

The Guardian

Posted 01/01/2014

Snowden gave classified information to journalists, even though he knew the likely consequences. That was an act of courage.

Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

The New York Times

Posted 01/01/2014

It is time for the United States to offer Mr. Snowden a plea bargain or some form of clemency that would allow him to return home, face at least substantially reduced punishment in light of his role as a whistle-blower, and have the hope of a life advocating for greater privacy and far stronger oversight of the runaway intelligence community.

Edward Snowden is a patriot

The Huffington Post

Posted 12/17/2013

Edward Snowden is a patriot. As a whistleblower of illegal government activity that was sanctioned and kept secret by the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government for years, he undertook great personal risk for the public good.

Why Edward Snowden is a hero

The New Yorker

Posted 06/10/2013

Is Edward Snowden, the twenty-nine-year-old N.S.A. whistle-blower who was last said to be hiding in Hong Kong awaiting his fate, a hero or a traitor? He is a hero.