In 2013, whistle-blower and former CIA employee, Edward Snowden leaked information to the public that was marked classified by the National Security Agency (NSA). The controversial act by Snowden forced him to flee the country and has led to heated debates over mass surveillance, government secrecy, and the balance between national security and information privacy.
Some call Snowden a patriot, while others call him a traitor.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, however, sees him as the former. In fact, the physician supports Snowden so much that she pledged to grant him a full pardon and even a cabinet position if she were to be elected president.
Dr. Stein said in a town hall:
[Snowden] has done an incredible service to our country at great cost to himself for having to live away from his family, his friends, his job, his network, to basically live as an extradite.
She continued by elaborating her stance:
I would say not only bring Snowden back, but bring him into my administration as a member of the Cabinet, because we need people who are part of our national security administration who are really, very patriotic. If we’re really going to protect American security, we also have to protect our Constitutional rights, and that means our right to privacy.
Snowden is beloved and hated by many Americans; some condemn Snowden’s actions while others believe he is a hero.
What do you think? Does Snowden deserves prosecution or should he be pardoned?