US Attorney General Vehemently Opposed to Snowden Pardon

Says US can't tolerate Snowden's behavior

President Trump says he’s considering the pardon of Edward Snowden, a prominent whistleblower. Already a number in Congress opposed that, and Attorney General William Barr is now making public his own opposition to the idea of a pardon.

Barr says he “vehemently opposes” such a pardon, saying the US can’t tolerate Snowden peddling leaks “like a commercial merchant.”He reiterated accusations, never backed with evidence, that Snowden endangered the US with his leaks.

Trump had called Snowden a traitor in the past, but now says he is at least considering the matter because “many people think that he should be somehow treated differently.” Snowden has been in exile in Russia since the leaks.

Snowden’s leaks did substantial embarrassment to certain top officials in the intelligence community, and Barr noted many of them might be angry if a pardon was offered. That is clearly not an impossible obstacle, but led Barr to believe that public opposition was important.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.