The Times calls for mercy for Edward Snowden

Today, the New York Times editorial board formally asked the U.S. government to consider a plea bargain for NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is on the run from charges of espionage and theft. After tallying the instances of surveillance abuse that Snowden’s information uncovered, the Times editorial board states the NSA contractor had no choice but to do what he did, as official channels had failed: “In retrospect, Mr. Snowden was clearly justified in believing that the only way to blow the whistle on this kind of intelligence-gathering was to expose it to the public and let the resulting furor do the work his superiors would not.”