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Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful - and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.
In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional.
Snowden, who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the 2013 disclosures and still faces U.S. espionage charges
Attorney general labels former NSA contractor a 'traitor' after President Trump suggested he would consider a pardon.
Heck I'll even start reconsidering a lot of my attitude against Trump if he walks the talk and makes that pardon.
You seem to think Trump made some kind of commitment to pardoning Snowden
I already expressed how I feel about it.
“Snowden is one of the people they talk about. They talk about numerous people, but he is certainly one of the people that they do talk about,” Trump said on Thursday, before turning to his aides. “I guess the DOJ is looking to extradite him right now? … It’s certainly something I could look at. Many people are on his side, I will say that. I don’t know him, never met him. But many people are on his side.”
The president then asked his staff: “How do you feel about that, Snowden? Haven’t heard the name in a long time.”
After polling the room, Trump added: “I’ve heard it both ways. From traitor to he’s being you know persecuted. I’ve heard it both ways.”
Trump wild (election) card, but it would be a massive reversal of Trump's prior position on Snowden: "Snowden is a spy who should be executed."
originally posted by: CharlesT
a reply to: projectvxn
Trump doesn't need to lose Barr right now. If there are any pardons coming they need to wait 2 years.