Yet another organization, this time around, world’s most widely accessed socialist website has pledged to defend the ex-CIA agent, the whistleblower who leaked NSA global spying surveillance program, Edward Snowden.
The World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party in a recent report are calling for an international action. They are determined to gather support from students and youth within the United States and from all over the world to come to the defense of Edward Snowden who fled to Hong Kong after leaking classified U.S. intelligence data.
According to WSWS, “The charge of treason is a vicious libel. Snowden is not the one betraying the democratic principles embodied in the Bill of Rights. By exposing the conspiracy against these rights and coming forward at the cost of his career and possibly his life, he is defending them.”
Snowden fears for his life and well being, according to a recent interview, but people in the United States and other parts of the world are ready to take a collective stand for his safety. The World Socialist Web Site report comes just a day after a Reuters’ poll released results that more Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as 'patriot' than traitor. In Hong Kong, eleven organizations have planned a rally on Saturdayin his favor.
Also, the ‘Pardon Edward Snowden' petition seeking White House response has garnered over 70,000 electronic signatures. If it gains more than 100,000 signatures by July 09 it will be forwarded to policy makers for further developments.
A previous report on WSWS cited that, “The Obama administration has responded to the revelations of massive and unconstitutional spying operations, exposed in leaks by former intelligence employee Edward Snowden, with a campaign of lies, threats and intimidation.”
Though the whistleblower is certainly gaining a lot of support from all over the world, it remains to be seen if all the signatures and polls will help him from his extradition which is, for now, the U.S. government’s focus.