A Look At Some Of The Interesting Facts About Ron Paul And Edward Snowden

Ronald Ernest Paul

Ronald Ernest Paul is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a 3 time presidential candidate who works relentlessly for issues such as lower taxes, free markets and sound monetary policies.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Gettysburg College. He earned his medical degree from the prestigious Duke University School of Medicine. From the year 1963 to 1968 Ron Paul served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon.

During 1960-1980 he was employed as an obstetrician-gynecologist and has delivered around 4000 babies.

Unlike his Republican peers, Ron Paul voted against the Patriot Act. He does not the support the war against Iraq. He has never voted in favor of increasing the taxes and also raising congressional pay.

He is also against any restriction on gun ownership by the federal government. He is against regularizing of the internet. He’s also trading online with HB Swiss.

“While more than one-third of Americans struggle with unemployment, the middle class shrinks & the price of living increases, Congress rushes a $1 billion line of credit to bankers and politicians in Ukraine”, he states.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden is a computer professional from America who was also a former CIA employee. He came in news when he leaked several National Security Agency classified information without permission.

During his work in various US intelligence communities he began to notice the alarming reach of the NSA’s everyday surveillance. He started to build a dossier by copying and collecting highly classified NSA documents.

On May 20, 2013 he travelled to Hong Kong orchestrated his plan of action. He set up a secret meeting with journalists from the famous U.K. publication The Guardian. The following day the information leaked by Snowden was published in the The Washington Post and The Guardian.

These revelations sent shockwaves across the world and led to debates on digital security and privacy intrusions. Snowden travelled to Hong Kong and revealed the documents. The Justice, in the year 2013, leveled charges against Edward Snowden on 2 counts namely:

  • violation of the Espionage Act
  • stealing of government property

Due to the US government seeking his extradition, Snowden now resides in Russia where he was permitted to stay for 3 years since 2014.

The connection

In the 2014, Ron Paul launched a petition seeking clemency for Edward Snowden. in his petition Ron Paul said that Snowden “Edward Snowden sacrificed his livelihood, citizenship, and freedom by exposing the disturbing scope of the NSA’s worldwide spying program. Thanks to one man’s courageous actions, Americans know about the truly egregious ways their government is spying on them”.

Ron Paul urged supporters to show their support by signing the petition in order to help Snowden return to America.

In 2016, Edward Snowden requested Barack Obama to grant him pardon on moral grounds. Snowden claimed that his act was morally right and has benefited many people.

But in a major blow to Snowden supporters, Obama rejected the request stating that he cannot grant pardon to a person who has not appeared before any court. Obama also highlighted that though the concerns raised by Snowden were legitimate, he did not follow the practices and procedures laid down by the intelligence community.