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Why Barack Obama doesn't want to 'poison the well' and pardon Edward Snowden

By Mark Gollom, CBC News


With Barack Obama's presidential term winding down, there's a renewed push to convince the president that he should pardon Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified details about the U.S. government's surveillance programs.


This campaign comes, coincidentally, with the release of a new Oliver Stone film — a largely glowing portrayal of the fugitive — and a damning U.S. House Intelligence Committee report about his activities.


Three major human rights agencies — Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Association — recently joined together to launch the campaign, calling on Obama to pardon Snowden, who is currently living in Moscow, "and let him come home with dignity."


'Should be hailed as a hero'


"Snowden should be hailed as a hero. Instead, he is exiled in Moscow, and faces decades in prison under World War One-era charges that treat him like a spy," a message on the website states. "Ed stood up for us, and it's time for us to stand up for him."


The campaign's supporters include actors Daniel Radcliffe and John Cusack, professor Noam Chomsky, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, musician Peter Gabriel and billionaire George Soros.



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Clinton gets under Trump's skin

Politico    27-September-2016

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — A composed Hillary Clinton got under Donald Trump’s skin during their high-stakes showdown on Monday night, with the Republican nominee persistently interrupting Clinton as she needled him on his business record, the size of his fortune and his relationship with the truth.


Golf Legend Arnold Palmer Dies at 87    25-September-2016

Arnold Palmer died today in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 87, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Golfweek.


Suspect arrested in Washington State mall shooting

CTV News  25-September-2016

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- Authorities say the suspect in a deadly shooting at a Washington state mall is in custody. The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management said via Twitter Saturday evening that the suspect had been captured.


UN Security Council meets on Syria fighting as Aleppo air onslaught continues

Reuters   25-September-2016

Warplanes bombed a strategic camp on the northern edge of Aleppo on Sunday as Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of the high ground in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.


Syria conflict: US accuses Russia of 'barbarism' in Aleppo

BBC News   25-September-2016

The US ambassador to the UN has accused Russia of "barbarism" over the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, Samantha Power said Russia had told the council outright lies about its conduct in Syria.

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