The Guardian and The New York Times asked Obama to pardon Snowden

Journalists of the British newspaper The Guardian and the staff of the American The New York Times called on U.S. President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. An open letter to Obama on January 2 were published in the pages of both publications.

“We hope that the president will use this power to him to treat humanely Snowden,” - said in the The Guardian. According to British journalists indulgence shown to the former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) could become a shining example of the true significance of freedom of expression in the world.

In the text, posted in The New York Times, journalists also call for Obama to be merciful Snowden. In their opinion, should be allowed to return to Snowden in the U.S.. In recognition of his services to the democratic society Snowden recommend the nomination much less severe punishment than that which he faces now.

In early November 2013 for a pardon and grant him an opportunity to return to the United States Barack Obama himself asked Edward Snowden. The President then denied the petition, noting that Snowden has to appear before the court and answer the charges against him.

Edward Snowden name became widely known in the summer of 2013, after a former NSA gave press secret documents relating to the program of surveillance of U.S. intelligence on millions of Internet users worldwide. Fearing for his safety, Snowden was forced to leave America. Soon he was in Russia, where he was given a temporary shelter for a year. Edward Snowden U.S. authorities accused of divulging state secrets.

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