January 2, 2014
The New York Times Editorial Board is out with an opinion piece in support of ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, wherein they call him a “whistleblower” and ask the president to stop vilifying him for exposing alleged wrongdoings within the U.S. intelligence community.
The board writes that Snowden should be allowed to return home and be granted a plea bargain, “some form of clemency” or reduced punishment for doing his country “a great service.”
“If the concern was that somehow this was the only way to get this information out to the public, I signed an executive order well before Mr. Snowden leaked this information that provided whistle-blower protection to the intelligence community for the first time,” The Times notes Obama said at a news conference. “So there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions.”