Ex-Obama Official Agrees U.S. Should Consider Clemency For Snowden

A prominent former State Department official on Thursday tweeted her support for a New York Times editorial calling for some form of clemency for former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, who served from 2009 to 2011 as director of policy planning for State Department, wrote that she agreed with the editorial.

In the editorial published Wednesday, the Times argued that considering “the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight.”

Slaughter currently serves as the president and chief executive of the New America Foundation. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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