Of course President Obama should pardon Edward Snowden — and Chelsea Manning, too.
But this story is not about the excellent reasons for thanking rather than locking up the two most famous whistleblowers of the post-9/11 era. Plenty of people are already calling for that in powerful ways. A new petition on Snowden’s behalf has been signed by Twitter’s Jack Dorsey as well as Steve Wozniak, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Aragorn (also known as Viggo Mortensen). Organizations coming out in support of a pardon for Snowden, who is currently a political refugee in Moscow, include the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. And Oliver Stone has just released “Snowden,” a movie that emphasizes his good and patriotic intentions.
The Chelsea Manning Support Network has just emailed us this latest update:
1. Chelsea has written an Op-Ed for the Guardian that will be published tomorrow at 7am EST.
The company’s Jigsaw division is on a mission to protect the Internet’s most vulnerable. Trouble is, doing good is a lot harder than “Don’t be evil.”
Black Lives Matter.
Those three seemingly simple words have catapulted the U.S. into a modern-day civil rights movement. It’s a movement that has become a household name, creating and proposing tangible policy change, as well as spurring intense social debate.
The Chelsea Manning Support Network contacted us by email to inform us that:
Wikileaks has tweeted an offer for founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy where he has been a political asylum seeker since 2012, and turn himself in for a US jail sentence, if President Obama grants clemency Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence for providing documents to Wikileaks while serving in the US Army.