In response to the madness associated with the 2016 presidential debate, many Americans have been seeking comfort in Obama’s stability and dependable demeanor. Except for journalists.
While campaigning for the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama convinced millions, with his famous speeches, that the Espionage Act would be dialed back on, even Edward Snowden, according to an interview with the Guardian. Although Snowden did not vote for Obama in the election, he led to believe that things within the United States intelligence agencies would change, which caused him to hold onto the files for a longer period of time. Obama did not only lie to Snowden and the American public concerning his policy, he is now charging him with the exact offense in which he said he would change.
Not only did Obama make false promises, freedoms and liberties for journalists were encroached upon during his presidency. Under him 11 journalists or “national security leakers” have been prosecuted, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. This adds up to a total of 526 months of prison time; over 43 years.
As Obama’s presidency comes to an end and many look fondly back upon our years under his leadership, journalists cringe to see what might be their fate under Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton. Of all of the topics discussed at throughout the debates, national security has been scarcely mentioned, except for the Oct. 13 debate .
At this debate, Clinton acknowledged that Snowden could have been a protected whistleblower in saying, “He could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower. He could have raised all the issues that he has raised. And I think there would have been a positive response to that.” Her statement in regards to his protection has been found “mostly false” by Politifact.
Moreover, she goes on to denouncing him for turning to Wikileaks, instead of elsewhere. The irony in that statement is that Wikileaks is the exact website that was credited with exposing a multitiude of Clinton’s emails. What Clinton and many other people and the political spotlight do not know is that Wikileaks does not have an agenda, they are merely an open anonymous space for whistleblowers to share information on any topic.
Following in the absurdity of trying to construct a Mexican-funded wall, Trump is quoted in saying that Snowden is a traitor and should be executed.
May the odds be ever in your favor.