Edward Snowden showed “a lot of guts” to speak out about the NSA surveillance program, director Oliver Stone told RT. His comments come as a Washington Post editorial said the whistleblower shouldn’t get a presidential pardon for leaking sensitive data.
The Washington Post says whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be granted a presidential pardon from Barack Obama. This is despite the newspaper receiving a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of the NSA leaks sent to the Post by Snowden.
Charges against Edward Snowden are very much politically motivated; the US authorities want to make an example out of the ex-NSA contractor and prevent him from having a fair trial, Tanya O’Carroll of Amnesty International told RT.
The refugees who provided Snowden with shelter in Hong Kong recognized that the whistleblower was in distress and embraced the opportunity to assist him, as they had experienced similar circumstances in the past, human rights lawyer Robert Tibbo told RT.
The German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has been trying to hamper its own oversight, the country’s data protection commissioner said in a leaked report, which also unveiled excessive and systematic violations of citizens’ rights by the spy agency.
Chinese scientists have announced that they have received the first batch of data from the recently-launched Micius satellite, which is designed for quantum physics research with the aim of potentially establishing “hack-proof” communication links.