Clemency for Edward Snowden would not set a dangerous precedent
The AtlanticConor Friedersdorf
January 2, 2014
Some months ago, Edward Snowden wrote an appeal for clemency to the U.S. government, arguing that its systematic violations of law" created "a moral duty to act."
On New Year's Day, America's most influential newspaper officially agreed.
The New York Times editorial board dedicated one of its inaugural editorials of 2014 to the proposition that the former NSA contractor should be given a plea bargain or some other form of clemency. "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 newspaper stated. "He may have committed a crime to do so, but he has done his country a great service."