Libertarian presidential nominee urges President Trump not to wait

GREENVILLE, S.C.; September 28, 2020—  Now that a U.S. court has effectively vindicated whistleblower Edward Snowden, Libertarian for president Dr. Jo Jorgensen says there’s no reason not to pardon him now. She urges President Trump to pardon both Snowden and Julian Assange.

Earlier this month, a U.S. federal court ruled that the National Security Agency’s mass-surveillance program exposed by Snowden was illegal and possibly unconstitutional. 

Because of Snowden’s actions in 2013, Americans learned that the government had been recording and storing individuals’ phone records and other information in massive databases without a valid warrant.

“Both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange should be pardoned immediately,” said Jorgensen. “Neither man ever harmed anyone. They stand accused of victimless ‘crimes.’”

Assange released documents that revealed lies being told to the American people about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“If I am elected president, I will immediately pardon both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange,” she said. “They are both owed gratitude for their bravery and important revelations.”

Last month, Trump said he was considering pardoning Snowden. Trump had previously called him a “traitor” and a “spy who should be executed.”

“Please don’t wait, President Trump,” pleaded Jorgensen. “I urge you to pardon Snowden and Assange right away. Justice delayed is justice denied.”

While working for the NSA as a contractor, Snowden discovered that the agency was assembling dossiers on Americans in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.

After he saw former National Intelligence Director James Clapper falsely deny the charges in testimony before Congress, Snowden made the brave and risky decision to blow the whistle by leaking related NSA documents to the press. He has been living in exile in Russia for over seven years.

Clapper later admitted in a letter to the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that his sworn statement was “erroneous.”

Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks, which in 2010 published material provided by then U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (then Bradley Manning) that exposed some of the ugly underbelly of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Assange, a citizen of Australia, and Snowden have both been charged with violating America’s Espionage Act.

“The only danger posed by either Snowden or Assange was to the careers and reputations of government officials,” said Jorgensen, “especially ones who worked under the Obama–Biden administration and who were acting in violation of the people’s right to privacy or who used their positions of power to instigate and lie about U.S. wars.”

“This is not just about two men,” she said. “Pardoning Edward Snowden and Julian Assange would help end the surveillance state, as well as our endless wars. It would also make it safer for those who have uncovered government wrongdoing to come forward and blow the whistle. This is how we will restore and preserve America’s cherished freedoms.”