After President Donald Trump pardoned General Michael Flynn, who was accused of basically doing what incoming President Joe Biden is doing right now, many began to speculate about what other pardons might be coming.
That’s a no-brainer: Pardon Edward Snowden.
I’m one of them. @Snowden revealed that Trump-haters Clapper and Comey among others were illegally spying on Americans.
Clapper lied to Congress about it.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 15, 2020
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Snowden Sounded Alarm On Obama’s Mass Unconstitutional Spying
When the National Security Agency was busy collecting Americans’ private data during the Obama administration, government officials insisted they were not spying on citizens en masse.
When Obama’s Director of Intelligence James Clapper was asked in a Senate hearing if the government was spying on citizens, he said it was not.
When NSA contractor Snowden heard that, he knew he had to let the world know the U.S. government was lying.
Let The Whistleblower Hero Come Home To America
Snowden met with progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald and they figured out a way to leak the information to the press who would report to the public, without releasing any information that could undermine national security or endanger individual agents.
Of course, this embarrassed the Obama administration and then-Vice President Joe Biden went out of his way to bully American allies into rejecting asylum for Snowden.
Snowden was eventually forced into exile in Russia, where he remains today with his wife, who recently announced she is pregnant.
The hero whistleblower has said he would like to return home, to the United States.
Calls to pardon Snowden have come from all corners of the political landscape – including from some of President Trump’s biggest MAGA supporters.
Tulsi Gabbard urges Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange https://t.co/deqtbXMm9F
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) November 26, 2020
Democrat Tulsi Gabbard has made the call.
She is joined by libertarians like Rep. Thomas Massie and Ron Paul.
Ron Paul calls on Trump to pardon Julian Assange and Edward Snowden:
“Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are not criminals. They are heroes for telling us the truth about what criminals in government were doing in our name and with our money.” pic.twitter.com/8escBHMHGK
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) November 30, 2020
I try to never speak ill of another Congressman, because we all represent different districts and all worked hard to get elected. With that said, @TulsiPress is on the right side of history. I’m honored to be a cosponsor of her resolution urging @realDonaldTrump to pardon Assange https://t.co/nfZfGXHiLV
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 28, 2020
Some of President Trump’s biggest supporters have also made the call, like Rep. Matt Gaetz and Senator Rand Paul.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 3, 2020
Remember: President Trump Says The Deep State Spied On His Campaign
Snowden should be allowed to come home.
For his service to our constitution, at the risk of his very life, he should also receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
That is where President Trump could do something really heroic.
Remember: the same Deep State that Snowden exposed are the same people President Trump has been battling ever since he announced his campaign.
Obama/Hillary PAID a foreign agent to make up dirt on Trump
& used CIA FBI NSA to SPY on Trump campaign
— poetWOAgun (@poetWOAgun) January 6, 2020
Biden Would Never Pardon Snowden
Joe Biden is not going to pardon the man who embarrassed him and his old boss, Barack Obama.
Biden is a bagman and a lackey for the Deep State.
President Trump should grant Snowden a pardon so he can enjoy a heroes welcome home. That is when Trump could also award Snowden the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
That medal is supposed to be awarded to “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 14, 2020
Pardon Edward Snowden – It’s The Right Thing To Do
How many contributions could be greater than a private citizen alerting his fellow Americans that their government was violating their constitutional and basic privacy rights every day?
Democrats and the Left would howl if Trump did this. The Deep State would have a full-blown meltdown.
But that is not why he should do it.
President Trump should pardon Edward Snowden because it’s the right thing to do.
God willing, he will.
This piece originally appeared in ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.
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