Top US intelligence official: Snowden should not be pardoned

Daily News Article - September 22, 2016


1. Who is Edward Snowden - what did he do?

2. Why is Snowden currently living in Russia?

3. a) What is James Clapper’s role?
b) For what reasons is Mr. Clapper opposed to a pardon for Edward Snowden?

4. a) Who supports a pardon for Snowden?
b) Who opposes a pardon for Snowden?

5. Consider the reasons for and against pardoning Snowden vs. trying him for breaking the law (stealing government secrets).

What do you think: should Snowden be pardoned as a hero whistleblower, or charged with espionage and/or tried for treason against the U.S.? Explain your answer.

6. In July 2015, The White House responded to a petition calling for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. Lisa Monaco, the president’s advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism, wrote the official response, which was posted to the White House’s We the People website.

“If [Snowden] felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions,” Monaco writes. “He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he’s running away from the consequences of his actions.”

Do you agree with this response? Explain your answer.

OPTIONAL: What does the U.S. Constitution say about treason/traitors?