Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Joins Call for Edward Snowden Pardon

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey joined a growing chorus of celebrities calling for a presidential pardon for whistle-blower Edward Snowden Friday. This makes Dorsey the first CEO of a publicly listed tech company to openly support the campaign.

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union launched a joint campaign and public petition to urge President Obama to pardon Snowden and allow him to return to the United States without the fear of persecution.

The campaign is being supported by a number of politicians and celebrities, including Senator Bernie Sanders, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Terry Gilliam, Noam Chomsky, Senator Ron Wyden as well as former NSA director Michael Hayden.

It coincides with the release of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden” movie. The movie is largely based on Snowden’s own story, who worked as a NSA contractor until defecting in 2013. Snowden initially took refuge in Hong Kong, then fled to Russia, and worked with journalists at newspapers like Washington Post, the New York Times and the Guardian to reveal details about the NSA’s surveillance programs against U.S. citizens.

Federal prosecutors have filed espionage charges against Snowden, and a House intelligence committee this week accused him of having caused “tremendous damage” with his revelations.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the star of “Snowden,” had a very different take during the movie’s premiere in New York this week. “What he did was a really positive thing for the country,” he said. “I would consider it an honor to tell his story.”

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  1. thedudestv says:

    Why have whistle blower laws if you can’t actually be a whistle blower?

  2. C. Holmberg says:

    It’s unfortunately a wealthy dilettante like Dorsey feels the need to weigh in. In truth, this affair would seem to be a result of the mis-use of the death penalty. Rather than wasting it on acting out a systematic bias against African American men, if it had been properly applied to the likes of Robert Hanssen and Jonathan Pollard, would Ed Snowden have – apparently – blithely Hoovered up everything he could lay his mouse on at the NSA as he raced out the door?

  3. Damon Tammas says:

    Twitter is rapidly swirling around the drain and this is what he’s concerned with. Worry about your shares/shareholders first.

  4. John says:

    Even though we feel sympathetic for Snowden, some even applaude his actions, because he exposed NSA’s dirty laundry. But there is no way Obama or any future Presidents should pardon him. American people need to think rationally on this crucial issue, if Snowden gets pardoned, it will only take a few more Edward Snowdens to destroy our national security. That’s the scary scenario.

  5. Tripp Fell says:

    Cripes. Nothing self serving about Dorsey’s viewpoint, right? Coming from the (soon to be, yet again, ex) CEO of one of the most vapid, Kanye/Kardashian-enabling, technologies ever created, the only thing Dorsey probably faults Snowden for is not using Twitter to disseminate the largest and most damaging public disclosure of classified information in our nation’s history. What’s next? a comment from Mark Cuban about how ahead-of-the-curve he was when he sold (fleeced) “streaming tech” to Yahoo for $6B? These guys are clowns.

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