Smith and Thornberry Statement on Prospect of a Presidential Pardon for Edward Snowden


Date: Aug. 17, 2020
Location: Washington, DC

Representatives Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in response to President Trump's public comments that he is considering pardoning Edward Snowden.

"Edward Snowden did enormous harm to our national security and he must stand trial for his actions. President Trump and Secretary Esper have both decried harmful leaks from the Department of Defense and elsewhere in the federal government. To pardon Snowden now would completely undermine this Administration's position and mock our national security workforce who take immense caution in their work to keep us safe.

"It would be a serious mistake to pardon anyone who is charged under the Espionage Act, who admits to leaking sensitive information, and who has spent years since then as a guest of the Putin regime. Not only would it mean that Snowden cannot be held accountable for his crimes, but it would send a dangerous message to others who are contemplating espionage and the adversaries who would support them."