On August 15, President trump said he would consider pardoning Edward Snowden, a former employee of the national security agency. In 2013, Snowden revealed through the media that the U.S. government widely monitored domestic and foreign telephone calls and monitored Internet communications. In the same year, he was granted refugee status by Russia and has taken refuge in Russia.
according to Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao on the 16th, trump said at a press conference held at a private club in New Jersey on the 15th: “I don’t know much about Snowden. I’m going to start studying this. It seems to be a divided decision. A lot of people think he should be treated differently, while others think he has done a very bad thing. ” “I’m going to focus on this very strongly,” trump said
Snowden’s revelations in 2013 caused a great stir in the international community. The U.S. government then wanted Snowden for espionage, theft and unauthorized disclosure of defense and intelligence information. Since then, Snowden was granted asylum permits and lived in Russia for many years.
according to the report, trump has responded to the issue of Snowden’s pardon in an interview for two consecutive days, but trump stressed that he did not know Snowden and had never met him.
Snowden has forwarded a number of comments on his support for Amnesty through social media in recent days. He said the last time he heard the White House consider pardoning itself was in 2016. He stressed that his exposure of the US government’s large-scale monitoring was “a public service”.