Der Spiegel: “Are you going to pardon Edward Snowden?”
POTUS Barack Obama: “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.”
President Obama interview with German Magazine Der Spiegel
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UPDATE (November 26 2018) — The Washington Post and other MSM have ridiculed the idea of “Microwave spying”.
Yet, this technology is well understood. I have described its origin well before the saga of the “Havana Syndrome”. In fact, according to some documents leaked by Snowden, we know that the NSA is currently using this technology which is, by the way, patented in the US.
Based on a few clues provided by Snowden, I was able to deduce the range of microwave frequencies used by the NSA, as well as most likely the CIA. And I would expect that other governments’ scientists have come up with similar designs (and frequencies) for the same technical reasons.
Several U.S victims of the “Havana Syndrome” have hired a lawyer out of concern over how the U.S. government will handle their case. In a separate case, Mike Beck — a retired National Security Agency counterintelligence officer — suffered a “potentially similar attack” in the 1990s when he travelled to an unidentified country.
To the best of my knowledge, my own work — based, among other things, on some revelations made by Snowden — is the only evidence that “microwave spying” is not science fiction. This information should be crucial to the victims’ case against their own government. These diplomats may, or may not, like Snowden. But without him, they would have had zero chance to winning their case as Mike Beck has learned the hard way.
END of UPDATE
In an interview to German Magazine Der Spiegel, President Obama said:
“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,”
“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
President 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]
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