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US Audio Analysis: A Pardon for Edward Snowden? (No.)

US Audio Analysis: A Pardon for Edward Snowden? (No.)
September 13
17:48 2016

There has been chatter about a Presidential pardon for Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency employee who turned whistle-blower and is now in Russia, avoiding prosecution by US authorities.

In part, the flutter has been spurred by the impending “Pardon Snowden” campaign by the American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International, in part it is publicity for Oliver Stone’s forthcoming film.

I answered questions from Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Tuesday afternoon:

Q. If you were a betting man, what are the chances that Edward Snowden will get a pardon from President Obama?

A. Less than zero.

Richard Nixons get pardons. Edward Snowdens don’t.

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. RedTornadoes
    RedTornadoes September 14, 06:41

    Clinton trouncing Trump among Latino voters in battleground states
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/swing-states-2016-election/2016/09/poll-clinton-trump-latinos-228092
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    The closest Donald Trump gets to Hillary Clinton in a new Univision poll of Hispanic voters out Tuesday is a 24-point deficit in Florida, as surveys from that state, as well as Arizona, Colorado and Nevada, show the Democratic presidential nominee with a dominant edge.

    Clinton leads Trump by 50 points (68 percent to 18 percent) in Arizona, 46 points in Nevada (65 percent to 19 percent) and 43 points in Colorado (62 percent to 17 percent). The race is nominally closer in Florida, where Clinton earned 53 percent support to the Republican nominee’s 29 percent.

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