A plea to Trump.
Your privacy and way of life is in jeopardy. Snowden risked his life, freedom, and reputation to warn you. He deserves a pardon. He displayed himself a true patriot.
In 2002, I developed a multi-step cipher. Over the years, it has been used to transmit information in the United States and in foreign countries. It has securely transmitted information across international borders and out of prisons. Maybe half a dozen people know the steps necessary to render the message below in plain text. #PardonSnowden
It’s been more than three years since Snowden, then a 29-year-old former National Security Agency contractor announced that he was the source of astonishing revelations of mass surveillance by the US government and its allies. In that time, what was known only to intelligence insiders has shocked many legislators, the American public, and the world, and prompted the most thorough reconsideration of US intelligence law and policy in decades. The journalists he entrusted with the revelations won prestigious prizes; corporations, damaged by the revelations that they were involved – knowingly or unwittingly – in mass privacy abuses, rolled out more secure products and platforms; and the United Nations took on the protection of digital privacy. The debate over what role surveillance plays in a democratic society roils on, every day.