August 1, 2014 – When we started the petition demanding clemency for Edward Snowden on the Ron Paul Channel back in February, our intentions were to pressure the Obama Administration to let Mr. Snowden return home without the fear of persecution or imprisonment.
After temporarily closing the petition on Tuesday, we tallied the electronic signatures. We have just over 37,000 signatures in just over five months.
Thanks to all of you who have signed the petition. The White House’s, We The People petition platform, currently hosts a petition titled “Pardon Edward Snowden,” which has garnered more than 160,000 signatures. According to the platform rules, the support for the petition exceeds the threshold required to get a response from the White House. Yet the Obama Administration continues to remain silent.
We understand the challenge we face moving forward and need your help to get more support. That’s why we are reopening the petition today with the goal of exceeding 100,000 signatures.
Mr. Snowden made headlines in late spring 2013 when he revealed in a videotaped interview with investigative journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras that our federal government has been operating a massive spying program.
The revelations have and continue to open our minds to the truth and power of our government. We are being watched and recorded. And we don’t have to do anything wrong; individuals can be falsely attacked to derive suspicion.
Reflecting on Mr. Snowden’s sacrifices — his livelihood, citizenship and freedom — made to provide us with the disturbing scope of the National Security Agency (NSA) mass surveillance and data collection efforts, we at Voices of Liberty want to thank him for being a voice for freedom, liberty and truth.
In fear of unjust persecution, Mr. Snowden has spent approximately one year protected by an asylum agreement granted to him by the Russian government.
“There’s every reason to believe that he will be able to continue living in Russia,” according to Ben Wizner of the ACLU. “Of course he still wants to come home, but not to face an unfair trial under the Espionage Act.”
Let’s continue to push our message to make that happen for Mr. Snowden. Make your voice truly matter and sign the petition today.