Left and Right Unite in Calls for Snowden Pardon Amid Speculation of a Trump Decision

While the idea of pardoning one of the most prolific whistleblowers of our era drew together an alliance of those on the left and right, the centrist establishment reacted with predictable vitriol to the idea.

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Amid mounting speculation that President Trump is about to announce a list of presidential pardons, calls for — and against — NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s name to be included are growing louder. In November, as is customary, Donald Trump pardoned a turkey for Thanksgiving. Now, in the lame duck session of his presidency, he appears to be

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Someone Tell Trump: There Is No ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card for Presidents

“When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.“
— Richard Nixon

President Donald Trump sings the national anthem during a "Celebration of America" event at the White House, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in Washington, in lieu of a Super Bowl celebration for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles that he canceled. Evan Vucci | AP

Someone needs to alert Donald Trump: there is no “Get Out of Jail Free” card just for being president. According to Trump’s Twitter feed, he believes that he has an absolute right to pardon himself of any crimes for which he might be charged while serving in office. He’s not alone in this imperial belief. Two of Trump’s lawyers have

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Trump Announces Full Pardon for ‘Openly Racist’ Right-Wing Propagandist Dinesh D’Souza

D’Souza mocked school shooting survivors, circulated anti-semitic lies, and suggested that the white supremacist Charlottesville rally was “staged.”

President Donald Trump smiles while speaking to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Thursday that he will fully pardon the "openly racist" right-wing propagandist Dinesh D'Souza, who pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014 and has—in just the past year—mocked school shooting survivors, circulated anti-semitic lies, and suggested that the white supremacist Charlottesville

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Navy Sailor’s Pardon Highlights Two-Tiered Justice System for Leaks

While Trump pardoned a Navy sailor, the Trump administration zealously pursues a case against NSA contractor Reality Winner for allegedly disclosing a top secret NSA report on alleged Russian hacking of voter registration systems to the press. So how do the cases compare?

Kristian Saucier (left) and Reality Winner (right).

President Donald Trump pardoned Navy sailor Kristian Saucier, who pled guilty to violating the Espionage Act after he took photos with his cell phone of a “nuclear attack submarine.” He also destroyed evidence after FBI and NCIS agents interrogated him. Trump’s motive for issuing a pardon for “unauthorized retention of defense information”

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Julian Assange Says He’ll Turn Himself In If Chelsea Manning Is Pardoned

“If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange — despite its clear unlawfulness.”

Julian Assange

London — On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who’s been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 to escape extradition to the United States — offered to serve time in a U.S. prison if President Obama would pardon whistleblower Chelsea Manning. “If Obama grants Manning clemency,” a post on WikiLeaks’ official Twitter

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‘Pardon Snowden’ Campaign Takes Off As Sanders, Ellsberg, And Others Join

‘His bravery was a catalyst for the modern movement to defend democracy,’ said Malkia Cyril of Center for Media Justice

Unlike the Green Party’s Jill Stein, not one Republican or Democratic nominee has voiced any support for the NSA whistleblower or shown any willingness to allow him to return to the U.S. as a free man. (Photo: Tony Webster/CC)

Prominent activists, lawmakers, artists, academics, and other leading voices in civil society, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), are joining the campaign to get a pardon for National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden. "The information disclosed by Edward Snowden has allowed Congress and the American people to understand the

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