NSA Leaks: The Debate Over Clemency for Edward Snowden Grows

Jan 3, 2014, 10:06 am EDT

Two prominent newspapers have taken a strong position regarding how the U.S. government should handle Edward Snowden, who leaked classified data he obtained while working at the National Security Agency (NSA).

The New York Times and the U.K.’s Guardian published editorials on Wednesday urging the U.S. to offer the clemency to the source of the NSA leaks that have embarrassed Washington for months. While the newspapers say the NSA leaks have made Americans aware of government misconduct, in a recent poll a majority of Americans think Snowden endangered national security, the Washington Post notes.

The Times argued that two federal judges have found the government’s activities — as revealed by the NSA leaks — unconstitutional and that the Obama administration is moving to overhaul the surveillance program due to the NSA leaks. The newspaper said that the NSA leaks had exposed government abuses and that “Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight,” because he had done the U.S. “a great service,” even if he broke the law. Read 

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