Which Presidential Candidate Will Support Edward Snowden?
During this week’s Democratic presidential debate, when asked about Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who exposed widespread unconstitutional spying against the American people by the National Security Agency, Hillary Clinton resorted to the standard talking points used by Washington D.C. power elites. “He stole very important information that has unfortunately fallen into a lot of the wrong hands,” said Clinton. “I don’t think he should be brought home without facing the music.”
Even Bernie Sanders wouldn’t let Snowden off the hook. “He did break the law, and I think there should be a penalty to that,” Sanders said.
Yes, Edward Snowden broke some laws. However, a significant power of the President of the United States, a position to which both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aspire, is to pardon people accused of committing crimes.
Edward Snowden committed his crimes in the service of the American people, to share shocking information about huge federal government abuses against the American people. Neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama were willing to tell the truth about the electronic spying against Americans that they had authorized.
Hillary Clinton claimed that Edward Snowden put secret information into “the wrong hands”, a charge that Clinton has a lot of nerve to make, given that she herself has admitted taking top secret government information without authorization and storing it on her own private servers for her personal use, evading standard procedures of supervision. There is, moreover, no actual evidence that Edward Snowden has given any government secrets to foreign governments. “Hillary Clinton is wrong and misinformed,” says Anna Myers, Executive Director of the Government Accountability Project.
Who can Americans who support the restoration of our Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure turn to? Unlike the spineless Democrats on the stage for this week’s debate, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is willing to give Edward Snowden her strong support, and if elected President, will protect him from prosecution. She explains, “I think he has paid more than his due. He performed an incredible service. While he broke a law, technically, he also served a much higher constitutional law which was being broken. I think he should be welcomed home as a hero.”