Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

December 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that one of the executives attending a meeting between President Barack Obama and the country's top tech company executives suggested that the administration should pardon former NSA contractor Edward Snowden for leaking classified documents about the spy agency's broad spying activities. The president told the executive that he could not pardon Snowden.

Today we learn just who that executive was. It turns out that the question to the president has been attributed to Zynga founder and former CEO Mark Pincus, according to a report on CNN.

While the Zynga founder's question might have been awkward for the president to answer on the spot, the president has never even hinted that a presidential pardon would be possible for Snowden, who is currently exiled in Russia.

More details on yesterday's meeting, which was attended by executives from Cisco, AT&T, Yahoo, Apple, Netflix, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, can be found here.

Source: CNN


Comments

Re: Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

There's a big difference between "can't" and "won't", Mr. President.

Re: Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

Hi Guys,

I believe it was President George W. Bush that pardoned Vice President Cheney's chief of staff Mr. Scooter Libby. Libby, was the fall guy and had he gone to prison. He would've probably thrown a lot of other people in the Administration under the bus with him.

Than there was on the last days of the Clinton Administration where outgoing President Clinton pardoned the notorious Mr. Marc Rich. Heck even Clinton pardoned his half-brother Roger Clinton on drug charges.

Sitting U.S. Presidents have done a load of shady pardons in American history. Right now the Obama Administration spying Intelligence regime is making many police states look like child's play. I guess this is just the legacy of the Bush Administration's "Patriot Act" after 9/11.

Snowden, is a whistle blower. However the way he went about it the Intelligence sector wants his head on a stick. I'm surprised they haven't stooped to extraordinary rendition to retrieve him to an undisclosed black site.

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Re: Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

Yeah... to the best of my knowledge he is well within his historical power to issue a pardon.    Pardons for 'treason' are rare but have happened in the past, and Snowden has been pretty open about what he did.

Re: Report: Zynga Founder Asked President to Pardon Snowden

Problem is, the president knows full well the backlash that will happen if he were to issue a pardon for Snowden.

 
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