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Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is in Moscow, is seen on a giant screen during a live video conference for an interview as part of Amnesty International's annual Write for Rights campaign at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris, France, Dec. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Platiau, Pool)

Edward Snowden supporters asked President Obama for a pardon

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Edward Snowden laid out a case for President Obama to formally pardon him, arguing mainly that his disclosure of the NSA's widespread surveillance left Americans better off.

"That is perhaps why the pardon power exists - for the exceptions, for the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but... when we look at the results, it seems these were necessary things,"  he told The Guardian on Monday.

Does he have a chance?

Obama only has a few months of his presidency remaining if he wanted to pardon Snowden, which  experts say is very unlikely.Otherwise, Snowden faces 30 years in prison if he returns to the United States.


He lives in Russia in exile, but communicate frequently over Twitter.  And Obama's former attorney general, Eric Holder, said Snowden had committed a "public service" in May. The American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International have already launched a  "Pardon Snowden" campaign.

SNOWDEN - Official Trailer

WATCH  | Also, "Snowden," the movie about his unveiling of the NSA's operations, is set to hit select U.S. theaters on Wednesday. Here's the trailer.

Snowden poked fun at Congress for its secret meeting before the movie was released.

Should Snowden be pardoned?

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