News / USA

US, British Newspapers Call for Snowden Clemency

A Washington Metro bus is seen with an Edward Snowden sign on its side panel, Dec. 20, 2013.
A Washington Metro bus is seen with an Edward Snowden sign on its side panel, Dec. 20, 2013.
VOA News
The New York Times and Britain's Guardian newspaper are calling for clemency for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. national security contractor who leaked a massive trove of details about clandestine American spying.

The 30-year-old Snowden is living in asylum in Russia as the United States seeks his return to face espionage charges and a lengthy prison term if he is convicted.

In an editorial Thursday, the Times said Snowden may have committed a crime, but said "he has done his country a great service" by giving Americans their first extensive information about the scope of the surveillance programs being conducted by the National Security Agency.

The Times said U.S. President Barack Obama should direct "his aides to begin finding a way to end Snowden's vilification."

The Guardian said Snowden's disclosure of the information was an "act of some moral courage," and Obama should allow him "to return to the U.S. with dignity."

A key NSA official investigating Snowden's leaks, Rick Ledgett, recently suggested that Snowden could be given amnesty if he handed over undisclosed documents he still has.  But the White House and other key U.S. intelligence officials have remained adamant in their call for Snowden's prosecution.

The Times says Snowden "was clearly justified" in his belief the only way to expose the information was to leak it to the public, rather than to work internally to get the NSA to reduce the amount of information it is collecting. The Guardian said he set "a shining example about the value of whistleblowers and of free speech itself."

Snowden leaked much of his information last year to the Guardian and The Washington Post, which have published voluminous accounts of the U.S. spying, including its collection of records of millions of telephone calls, including the numbers called and the length and dates of the calls, although not the content.  American spy chiefs say the United States needs the information to thwart new terrorist attacks against itself and other countries.

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Joseph Effiong from: Uyo - Nigeria
January 03, 2014 11:54 AM
What sort of clemency he is to be granted ? Someone that betrayed his county. Why didn't he leaked his father's secret to the public . The russia that now granted him asylum, could russia tolerate the crime Snowden committed ? He should be brought to justice.


by: avlisk from: Phoenix, AZ
January 03, 2014 7:31 AM
Snowden is a hero to this American. Our government is out of control and not what our Founding Fathers envisioned. Snowden is the advance-man on what I hope continues and builds with the waking up of the population and the setting right to a country well off the tracks. Clemency? Sure, for the politicians and especially the President who are wildly trashing our Constitution at every turn.


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
January 02, 2014 10:24 PM
The press and media thrive on leaks of classified government information. The press that indulge on leaks of such information is also guilty of violation of law, stealing the classified information and profiting from using such information to increase their circulation. The press and media are also guilty as Snowden. No wonder the press want to pardon Snowden while the patriotic public want Snowden brought to justice with the fullest extend of the law.


by: Stephen Real from: Columbia USA
January 02, 2014 9:48 PM
Yes.
Edward Snowden should get a plea bargain agreement from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
It is clearly in all our national security interests get him out of Russia.

It is also clear that a pathway for all intelligence community, so-called, "whistleblowers" to come forward without fear of retribution before a "million Snowdens blossom".

I am honestly and deeply conflicted over Edward Snowden because it's ordinary people that defend the walls of the republic.


by: Julius Lannutti from: Hawaii
January 02, 2014 1:50 PM
I liken Snowden and Manning to the two witnesses's in revelations.. who used to work for military, and now dont.


by: rbockman from: revolutionistPhiladelphia
January 02, 2014 1:45 PM
no clemency, no plead deal, no leniency, just the end of a hangman's rope. Who cares what an Englishman thinks.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid