Oliver Stone Has His Doubts About Obama Pardoning Edward Snowden

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has a complicated public image; he’s either seen as a hero who helped to expose injustices happening in America, or he’s seen as a traitor to his nation for making sensitive information public. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to Edward Snowden. Oliver Stone, the director for the film Snowden, has an opinion on the whole matter after working on the Snowden biopic and he believes that it’s time that President Barack Obama pardons Edward Snowden, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The Oscar-winning director commented on how under Obama’s watch there has been more surveillance than ever before, but that Obama has the power to change that, as well as pardon the NSA whistleblower.

“Mr. Obama could pardon him, and we hope so. We hope Mr. Obama has a stroke of lightening, and he sees the way.”

If you were curious how Stone and company were going to handle the delicate issue of Edward Snowden, his comments seem to give away that the film is very much in favor of the whistleblower. Stone has even spoken of late about how we should all turn off our cell phones forever and never turn them back on. Oh, also something about Pokemon Go leading us into a totalitarian state.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)