Daniel Ellsberg

Launch of campaign to pardon Edward Snowden focuses on protecting whistleblowers

Launch of campaign to pardon Edward Snowden focuses on protecting whistleblowers

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Wednesday thanked supporters who launched a campaign for his pardon and said for the sake of democracy, future whistleblowers must not be silenced.

Speaking by video link from Moscow, where he has been in exile since 2013, Snowden said that while the Founding Fathers created checks and balances to guard against government abuses, "whistleblowers, acting in the public interest, often at great risk to themselves, are another check on those abuses of power, especially through their collaboration with journalists."

He said whistleblowing "is democracy's safeguard of last resort, the one on which we rely when all...

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