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No Country for Edward Snowden

Opposition to a pardon for the NSA whistleblower has been widespread.
Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City, on September 14.
10_14_snowden_01 Source: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Nearly a half-century ago this month, Daniel Ellsberg, a young, intense Defense Department employee distressed over the unending war in Vietnam, removed several volumes of top-secret documents from his safe and turned them over to the press. “The Pentagon Papers,” as they became known, recorded the history of covert American involvement in Indochina from the early 1940s to 1968.

Ellsberg’s leak has often been compared to the theft of thousands of National Security Agency (NSA) documents by Edward Snowden, the ex-intelligence contractor who’s been living as a fugitive in Moscow for the past three years. Like Ellsberg, Snowden has been charged with several counts of stealing highly classified information under the Espionage

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