“Are you going to pardon Edward Snowden?”
“I can’t pardon somebody who hasn’t gone before a court and presented themselves, so that’s not something that I would comment on at this point.”
POTUS Barack Obama
“I think that Mr. Snowden raised some legitimate concerns. How he did it was something that did not follow the procedures and practices of our intelligence community.
If everybody took the approach that I make my own decisions about these issues, then it would be very hard to have an organized government or any kind of national security system,” Obama said in an interview to German Magazine Der Spiegel.
Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nominee for the CIA post, considers that Snowden is a traitor who should be put to death.
“At the point at which Mr. Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments, then I think those issues come into play.
Until that time, what I’ve tried to suggest — both to the American people, but also to the world — is that we do have to balance this issue of privacy and security.”
Simply Not True
Obama is plain wrong when he states that he ‘cannot’ pardon Snowden. Obama could pardon him if he wanted to do so.
According to a Supreme Court decision in 1886, the POTUS has the right to pardon Mr. Snowden.
The ruling reads:
“The power of pardon conferred by the Constitution upon the President is unlimited except in cases of impeachment.
It extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment.”
RT INTERVIEW of Ray McGovern
“In the last months of any presidency, pressure ramps up from activists and political groups hoping the chief executive will issue pardons before they leave office.
George W. Bush pardoned Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby while President Clinton pardoned over 140 people in the last hours of his presidency including his younger half-brother and several top Democratic donors.
So who will President Obama pardon? On the list of hopefuls is Edward Snowden but the president’s response to a question asking him directly if he would pardon Snowden missed the mark. The president, a constitutional scholar, claimed that he didn’t have the power.
Meanwhile, president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the head of the CIA Mike Pompeo has called for Snowden’s execution. RT America’s Anya Parampil reports. Then, Simone Del Rosario is joined by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern.”
Snowden had hoped to travel to Oslo to receive the Ossietzky Prize, for “outstanding efforts for freedom of expression”. The award was due to be presented earlier this month.
But the Norwegian Supreme Court said it could not rule on the legality of any move to extradite Mr Snowden as the US had so far made no such request. [BBC 26/11/2016]
Whistleblower Edward Snowden can be asked to give evidence in person by a German committee probing the NSA’s spying activities, the country’s Federal Court of Justice has ruled.
Germany’s government has been told that it should make suitable arrangements for that to happen. It has been refusing to invite Snowden to give evidence personally since it would need to guarantee that he would not be handed over to the US—a promise the German authorities say would risk damaging the political relations between the two countries. [arsTecniqua]
Obama says he can’t pardon Snowden — ars TECNIQUA