Snowden pardon plan draws bipartisan scorn from key defense lawmakers Reply

The Democrat vs Republican thing is just theater intended by the ruling class to hoodwink everyone else. The parties obviously agree on the things that matter, even if they always have the wrong position.

By Leo Shane III

Military Times

The top Republican and Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee on Monday blasted rumored White House plans to pardon former CIA employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, saying such a move would “mock our national security workforce.”

The statement from committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and ranking member Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, said that Snowden is responsible for “harmful leaks from the Department of Defense and elsewhere in the federal government” and must stand trial for his actions.

“It would be a serious mistake to pardon anyone who is charged under the Espionage Act, who admits to leaking sensitive information, and who has spent years since then as a guest of the Putin regime,” the pair said.

“Not only would it mean that Snowden cannot be held accountable for his crimes, but it would send a dangerous message to others who are contemplating espionage and the adversaries who would support them.”

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