Does Edward Snowden deserve a pardon?
The Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has basically said “hell no.”
The National Security Agency contractor fled with over a million files to Russia via Hong Kong in 2013. He leaked information on U.S. domestic surveillance programs and American operations abroad.
“I could understand what he did, if… what he exposed was limited to domestic surveillance. But he exposed so much else that had absolutely nothing to do with domestic surveillance, where he has damaged our capability against foreign threats. He has taken away capabilities that were used to protect our troops in Afghanistan.”
“I don’t think I could concur in offering him a pardon.”
Clapper added that “the more time that goes on, there is actually, in my mind, less and less incentive for any kind of negotiated” plea agreement, as noted here by The Associated Press.