As Oliver Stone’s movie about Edward Snowden is about to released in theaters on September 16, the NSA leaker has decided to ask for a presidential pardon.
Snowed gave an interview to The Guardian, saying that President Obama should pardon him before he leaves office.
The Guardian has worked with Snowden before, on stories that dealt with leaked material. The newspaper has won a Pulitzer Prize for this coverage. A former Guardian journalist, Glenn Greenwald, is also a character in the movie.
Regarding the presidential pardon, Snowden explained in a skype interview that, “when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013 the laws of our nation changed…The Congress, the courts and the President all changed their policies as a result of these disclosures. At the same time there has never been any public evidence that any individual came to harm as a result...If not for these disclosures, if not for these revelations, we would be worse off.”
Snowden has fled the United States, reaching Hong Kong before meeting with the Guardian reporters. He has been provided with an asylum in Moscow, where he resides for the last three years. As of right now, Snowden is wanted as a criminal in the U.S for violation of the Espionage Act, which is punishable by at least 30 years in prison.