Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey became the first CEO of a publically listed tech company to join the call for the return of Edward Snowden from his self-imposed exile in Russia.
This is the tweet he posted:
Three human rights group – Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union – launched ‘Pardon Snowden‘ urging US President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower.
A very high number of celebrities and politicians have joined the campaign. The names include Senator Bernie Sanders, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Radcliffe, Danny Glover, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Terry Gilliam, Noam Chomsky, ACLU executive director Anthony Romero, Senator Ron Wyden as well as former NSA director Michael Hayden.
Edward Snowden speaks via video link at a news conference for the launch of a campaign calling for President Obama to pardon him on September 14, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, has been living in exile ever since he fled the United States in 2013.
He exposed the massive surveillance details of the NSA to the world with an interview with The Guardian newspaper. It was Snowden’s revelations that blew the lid off the US government’s spying activities on US citizens. Those supporting Snowden say that his actions deserve thanks and not punishment. The campaign comes at the time when a movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt titled “Snowden” is set for release. Snowden faces espionage charges at home.