A few months ago I wrote an opinion piece for Infosecurity Magazine arguing that Edward Snowden must be pardoned and allowed to return back to the US if he so chooses. I wrote the piece in response to a Ninth Circuit Court ruling that found the phone surveillance the US was conducting was in fact illegal and proved that Snowden was not a traitor for exposing them.
In the piece I wrote:
Yet in depth evaluation by the Ninth Circuit proves that Snowden is clearly not a traitor, and this court ruling shows he did not commit treason. He released these documents because he cares about the privacy rights promised to U.S. citizens and wants to protect those rights. He did not release info to the public or to any foreign country. He also did not make public any information that could cause harm to the American people, and the journalists who were entrusted with such documents made sure of it.
I believe now is such an important time to bring Snowden home. Sadly, most Republicans and Democrats still believe he is a traitor and to Snowden’s fear, if he returns without a pardon, he won’t receive a fair and open trial.