Ron Paul Wants Clemency for Snowden

February 14, 2014 | Andy Cush

Ron Paul is putting his money where his civil-liberties-minded mouth is. The Libertarian stalwart started a petition to give Edward Snowden clemency for leaking classified information about the NSA’s massive surveillance operation. Snowden’s year of asylum in Russia ends this July, and Paul says he hopes his petition will show the U.S. government that “Mr. Snowden deserves the right to come home without the fear of persecution or imprisonment.”

“On June 5th, 2013, Edward Snowden sacrificed his livelihood, citizenship, and freedom by exposing the disturbing scope of the NSA’s worldwide spying program,” Paul says in a video on the petition site. “Thanks to one man’s courageous actions, Americans know about the truly egregious ways their government is spying on them.”

Sign the petition here.

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