Target: John O. Brennan, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Goal: Provide clemency for Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who released NSA surveillance program information
Edward Snowden has released some of the most controversial information in United States History. He brought to light the PRISM program in which the National Security Agency has been collecting private information from millions of American citizens through companies such as Verizon. Before he released his name publicly, he fled to Hong Kong in hopes that the area’s vehement support of free speech would protect him from United States extradition.
In an interview out of Hong Kong, Snowden stated that “over time that awareness of wrongdoing sort of builds up and you feel compelled to talk about. And the more you talk about the more you’re ignored. The more you’re told its not a problem until eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public and not by somebody who was simply hired by the government.” Snowden’s leak has placed United States citizens in an odd position: we must now consider how far is too far for our government to pry into our lives.
Since his release, he has been offered political asylum in both Iceland and Russia. This in itself is a red flag: United States citizens should not have to seek asylum from other countries, yet this seems to be a safer option for Snowden than facing trial. Sign this petition to demand protection for Snowden, and urge the Central Intelligence Agency to grant him safe passage to a country in which he won’t face prosecution.
Dear John O. Brennan,
Edward Snowden has astonished the entire nation with his release of information regarding the National Security Agency’s collecting information from private citizens. While figures from your agency and others have deemed Snowden a threat to national security, the public has hailed him as a hero. He has provided us with insight into the policies of programs that are designed to protect and serve, rather than investigate and incarcerate.
Snowden has been offered political asylum in multiple countries, and I fear that he will not make it there due to intervention by the Central Intelligence Agency. Due to the fact that he has released his name, the public is now aware of his identity. Any intervention in Snowden’s attempts to flee prosecution will point directly to your organization, and the public will be outraged.
I urge you to allow Snowden to seek the political asylum that he has been offered without interference. Not only does he have a girlfriend, but his interests are in protecting the American people from unconstitutional investigation. Should he be rendered by the Central Intelligence Agency, or disappear mysteriously, all signs would point to action by the C.I.A. Do not let this happen, let Snowden go.
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