BEDMINSTER | US President Donald Trump will “take a look” at a possible pardon from Edward Snowden, a former US intelligence employee charged with espionage, he said on Saturday.
“A lot of people think he should be treated differently and other people think he did some really bad things,” the president said, when asked at a press conference in New Jersey (east) on the possibility of a Snowden pardon. “I’m going to take a very serious look at it,” he added.
Edward Snowden, often considered a whistleblower, is a former CIA employee and ex-contractor of the Intelligence Agency (NSA) exiled in Russia since he denounced, in 2013, mass surveillance of communications and internet in his country.
The former computer scientist is on criminal charges in the United States with espionage and theft of state secrets. He faces up to 30 years in prison.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump called Snowden a “total traitor” and promised to “treat him harshly” if elected.