Ronald Bailey Urges President Obama to Pardon Edward Snowden Now


Snowden and Obama
Der Spiegel

Last week the German magazine Der Spiegel published "A Manifesto for the Truth," Edward Snowden's explanation of why he revealed the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. In his manifesto Snowden says such programs are "not only a threat to privacy" but "threaten freedom of speech and open societies." He further argues, "Society can only understand and control these problems through an open, respectful and informed debate." Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey argues that Snowden is right and that President Obama should pardon him immediately and then quickly repeal the laws under which the government presumed to prosecute him.