Edward Snowden is a former National Security Agency contractor who turned over classified documents revealing a board global surveillance program previously unknown to anyone outside the intelligence community. After the documents were published in the Guardian Newspaper in June 2013 Snowden fled to Russia where he is currently living under asylum.
No, but he should return to stand a fair trial, with the aim of the trial being to clarify the boundaries between whistleblowing and espionage, which would include investigation of the US government, CIA, and NSA.
No, he should be tried, but should he be convicted, he should be granted a pardon. We have a duty to uphold the law, and see justice prevail, but also a duty to see heroes are rewarded. This solution would address both issues at the same time.
He should be charged with breaking the code of conduct, but I don't think what he did compromised the countries safety, therefore he should be aloud to come back to the USA, charged with fines and given a normal life again. It was largely a victimless act
If his actions warrant that he should be protected under the whistleblower protection act then he should be afforded that right. If it is proven in a court of law that he Is not protected under the whistleblower protection act then he should stay in trial and face the consequences of his actions. Regardless, the CIA and NSA directors should be investigated.
Yes, he should be protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act, but due to the nature of the documents he shared he should not be allowed to have any connection to individuals with access to classified information.
No, but his legal defense and sentencing should give great weight to the fact that federal courts have since agreed that the activity he exposed was unconstitutional. His punishment should be relatively light, perhaps even considered to have already been served by his self-imposed exile.
Not just immunity. He, and other individuals responsible for exposing government misconduct (e.g. Chelsea Manning, Julian Aussange, Daniel Hale) should be recognized as heros and receive public acclaim for their actions.
Yes, he should. He should also be given the Medal of Freedom. The NSA and CIA should be investigated, possibly remanded. The NSA should more likely be abolished. All files for both agencies should be released publically.
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