New Delhi: Three major Human Rights group have launched a campaign asking United States President Barack Obama to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden on charges of espionage after the latter exposed the sensational surveillance practice of the NSA.
With US President Barack Obama soon leaving the Oval office, Human Rights group American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are hoping to amass support for Edward Snowden, who is currently living under asylum in Russia.
Snowden initially fled to Hong Kong right after he leaked documents about top-secret US surveillance programs to journalists in 2013, a revolutionary action which prompted vehement criticism of the surveillance power of the NSA.
However, Snowden is unrepentant about what he has done and says that he was comfortable with the decisions he made.
On Tuesday, Snowden made a case for himself when he was asked to tell Obama why he should be pardoned by the United States and not incarcerated by them. "If not for these disclosures, if not for these revelations, we would be worse off," said Snowden.
"Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but perhaps this is why the pardon power exists -- for the exceptions, for the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but when we look at them morally, when we look at them ethically, and when we look at the results, it seems obvious that these were necessary things," added Snowden.
Although Snowden's chances at a Presidential Pardon may seem bleak, the support of these three major Human Rights group is expected to amass a huge number of supporters for him.