Libertarian nominee: I'd consider pardoning Snowden

Libertarian nominee: I'd consider pardoning Snowden
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson says he would consider pardoning National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden as president. 
 
The former New Mexico governor on Thursday told Newsmax TV that Snowden was reminiscent of Revolutionary War fighters not understood by the general public during their own time.
 
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“If I were president of the United States, I would certainly look into actually pardoning Edward Snowden,” Johnson said. 
 
 
Holder was “pretty darn accurate," said Johnson. 
 
 
Even Democratic candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires MORE, who said during a debate that Snowden “played a very important role in educating the American public about the degree to which our civil liberties and constitutional rights are being undermined,” added that “he did break the law, and I think there should be a penalty for doing that.” 
 
Johnson is not, however, the the only presidential candidate to offer support for Snowden. Green Party candidate Jill Stein has also said she would issue the former NSA contractor a pardon.
 
Johnson has been outspoken about his support for Snowden’s actions. In 2013, he publicly thanked Snowden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel for their efforts against surveillance at a “StopWatching.Us” rally.