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    Max Temkin, Hillary Clinton fundraiser and co-creator of the Cards Against Humanity game, found himself at odds with the Democratic presidential nominee this week after taking to social media to advocate for a presidential pardon for whistleblower Edward Snowden.

    "I believe that the American people owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Snowden," Temkin tweeted, posting a link to online petition PardonSnowden.org, and saying that US citizens can "begin to pay [Snowden] back" by signing it. 

    In another tweet, Temkin linked to an article written by Amnesty International in support of Snowden. In the piece, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Salil Shetty said, "Edward Snowden clearly acted in the public interest. He sparked one of the most important debates about government surveillance in decades, and brought about a global movement in defence of privacy in the digital age. Punishing him for this sends out the dangerous message that those who witness human rights violations behind closed doors should not speak out."

    Temkin, who raised nearly $400,000 for Clinton’s campaign, partly through an "America Votes with Cards Against Humanity" special edition of his popular card game, commented that he was "proud to join many of my heroes and call for Obama to pardon Snowden." 

    In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Clinton said that Snowden "broke the laws of the United States. He could have been a whistleblower. He could have gotten all of the protections of being a whistleblower. He could have raised all the issues that he has raised. And I think there would have been a positive response to that." The candidate added that she didn’t think Snowden should be brought back to the United States, "without facing the music," meaning prosecution.

    Filmmaker Oliver Stone, who directed the recently released Snowden biopic, said that Clinton "misses the point that no spy gives his story to the newspapers for free, which is what he did." 

    Without a presidential pardon, Temkin suggested that Snowden will not be able to receive a fair trial. "Snowden faces charges under the WWI-era Espionage Act. If he came home, he would not legally be allowed to make his case in court."

    Temkin continues to fundraise for Clinton through products like his card games and "I didn’t vote for Trump” stickers. His personal website indicates that he is “on the National Finance Committee of Hillary for America."

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    • neo con artist
      Max PoTemkin, of village fame, needs to assess his sanity if he's fundraising for Killary Klinton, of Whitewater fame and former Bubbas want-to-be wife... remember folks, the only thing Killary does well, besides lie, is HATE YOU
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Hillary should be tried for treason ! Snowden is a school boy compared to the Clinton corruption. Benghazi, lying to FBI about use of personal email via sensitive state Dept info, Corrupt Clinton foundation ( Pay to Play ) , destruction of Libya, supporter of radical Islam , a traitor to the US ....
    • Tree Oxygen
      Pardon me, but do you have any Grey Poupon?
      youtu.be/wyzxg66CZ68
      But of course!!!
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      rgrag1245in reply toneo con artist(Show commentHide comment)
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      peaceactivist2
      People are crazy
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      ivanwa88
      People go crazy when they allow their consciousness to be brought by the devil...in other words when a person wants what he cannot have but will do anything to get it hook or by crook they become possessed by the Devil and go stir crazy just ask any Neocon fascist.

      "Be careful what you wish for- for one day you may receive it"
    • Anton KOMAROV
      The USA is incapable of any admission of wrongdoing.So they will continue to hound Snowden because he has perpetrated the worst possible act.He exposed the lengths to which the Neocon dictators are prepared to go to ensure control over the population of the world.This forced the issue to become public,the last thing they wanted to happen but as usual,given the electorates short memory,they have overcome this obstacle to a large degree and if anything,strengthened the surveillance and improved their spying(illegally) on the people.Only a truly democratic system would prevent this occurring in the first place and would never have tried to indict Snowden who instead would have been congratulated for his work on behalf of the people.
    • Drain the swamp
      None of these fools want to say it BUT Putin is as big a hero as Snowden, even PRC refused to give him refuge in HK, only VOLODYA defied the great satan and gave him refuge in Russia. Or Snowden would be dead by now.
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