The great debate about the fate of the former NSA contractor who leaked documents detailing the agency's spying programs on the Internet, mobile phones and even in video games rages on. Some believe that Edward Snowden is a patriot and a whistleblower who deserves a full presidential pardon, while others believe that he should be get the maximum penalty under the law for treason and espionage.
This subject will be put front and center with a debate before a live audience for a taping of NPR's hit show/podcast, Intelligence Squared U.S. On Wednesday, February 12 at the Kaufman Center in New York City four individuals will argue about what Snowden did and what his fate should be.
On one side will be Daniel Ellsberg, former U.S. military analyst and Pentagon Papers whistleblower; and ACLU attorney and Snowden legal adviser, Ben Wizner. On the other side of the debate will be National Review contributing editor and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy; and former CIA director and chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Ambassador R. James Woolsey.
Ellsberg and Wizner will argue that Snowden deserves clemency for his leaks, while Woolsey and McCarthy will argue that Snowden should return to the U.S. to face charges.
The event will be taped before a live audience on February 12 from 6:45-8:30 PM. The audience will decide via a vote which side won the debate.
Tickets are still available for the event at www.intelligencesquaredus.org.