Should Snowden Pardon President Obama?
As a former CIA employee and then Booz Allen Hamilton contractor, Snowden took classified material from the National Security Agency and gave it to journalists — thereby alerting Americans that their personal phone, email, social media and bank records were being illegally seized by the federal government.
Pulitzer prizes have been awarded to both The Washington Post and The Guardian of London for their reporting on NSA surveillance, reporting only made possible by the material Mr. Snowden risked all to hand-deliver to them.
On Friday, Oliver Stone’s movie Snowden opened in theaters across the country. If one hesitates to experience Stone’s sometimes fast-and-loose-with-the-facts sense of history, no problem: there are a number of excellent documentaries available, including the film Citizenfour, winner of the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.