Schweitzer wants clemency for Edward Snowden

Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (D) is calling on the Obama administration to grant clemency to Edward Snowden.

"If Edward Snowden is a criminal, then so are a lot of people that are working within the CIA and the NSA who have been spying illegally on American citizens," Schweitzer said in a new interview with Slate's David Weigel. "They ought to grant Snowden clemency."

The New York Times last week called for Snowden to receive clemency, but so far, few politicians have been willing to do the same.

BuzzFeed has documented a few lesser-known House members who are pro-clemency or at least open to it. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that Snowden shouldn't receive the death penalty or life in prison for his disclosures.

Schweitzer has made little secret of his ambition to run for president in 2016, and he appears to be trying to set himself up as an alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

 

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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