President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he would look at the issue of giving a pardon to a whistleblower Edward Snowden.
At a press conference, Trump said he didn’t know much about the case and heard powerful arguments for and against a pardon.
“I’m going to take a look at that very strongly. It seems to be a split decision, many people think he should be somehow treated differently, other people think he did very bad things,” Trump said.
Trump repeatedly called Mr. Snowden a “traitor” and “spy who should be executed” in the years before his election.
Edward J. Snowden is the former National Security Agency contractor who faced criminal charges after leaking classified documents about vast government surveillance.