Human Rights organisations from all over the world have gathered more than a million signatures on a letter, as part of the Pardon Snowden Campaign, which requests the current US President Barack Obama to grant a Presidential pardon to the whistleblower.
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Edward Snowden has been hailed as one of the most important whistleblowers in the present era as he unveiled the evils of authority during these times of surveillance.
Snowden has been on the run and hiding since June 2013, when he unveiled classified information of the mishaps inside of US government’s surveillance programme.
Netizens globally are of the view that the whistleblower deserves a Presidential pardon and should be allowed to come back to his home without pressing any charges against him.
The letter sent to President Obama on Friday read, “We are confident that Edward Snowden will be remembered as a human rights hero and one of the history’s most important whistleblowers. A presidential pardon for Snowden would be a brave affirmation of citizens’ right to hold governments to account when power is abused.”
Trump is Unlikely to Pardon Snowden
The letter was submitted to President Obama, who leaves office soon, by American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on behalf of more than a million people who are backing the campaign.
In a tweet on Friday, Edward Snowden wrote, “The world’s top human rights groups just delivered over one million signatures to Obama. For once, I have no words.”
Snowden was charged by the government under the Espionage Act, and since has taken asylum in Russia.
Many believe that the letter has been delivered in a timely manner as in less than a week, President-elect Donald Trump will overtake reigns at the US Senate.
“We know your last days in office are filled with many demands. We hope you will recognise the importance of addressing the fate of this American whistleblower,” the letter concluded.
Given how Trump feels about Snowden and his whistleblowing-antics, it’s highly unlikely that a Presidential pardon would be on the top of his mind — on the contrary, a death penalty might be.
This might be the whistleblower’s last chance to live his life in his own country again and if President Obama doesn’t issue a Presidential pardon to Snowden, then his future seems to be walking a tightrope as uncertainties regarding Trump’s decision on his pardon hang in the balance.