Times, Guardian: Snowden Clemency

    Demonstrators hold signs supporting fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as they march at the "Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 26, 2013.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX14PCW

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    Seven months after NSA contractor Edward Snowden stole more than a million classified documents and released some of them to the press, the editorial boards of The New York Times and The Guardian are urging the Obama administration to offer Snowden clemency as a whistleblower. (The Guardian has worked with Snowden from the beginning.) The Times declared: “Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear, and flight.” The Guardian called what Snowden did, “an act of courage.” One imagines the administration disagrees.

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