Ed Snowden is the 29-year-old whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in decades, possibly in U.S. history. Now, his future is uncertain while he's on the run in Hong Kong.
We should set a precedent by rewarding this type of extremely courageous behavior. It's definitely apparent that legal fees may soon be a big part of his future, but I don't care how he uses the funds raised, whether it's for a business-class trip to Iceland or just to pay his hotel bills, it's a reward that I believe we shoudl band together and provide him with... Whether it's $5 or $500, his courage should be rewarded.
Idea: anything we can raise over a certain amount can go to a fund that rewards other whistleblowers like this. We should make this a precedent, where Americans (or people all over the world) are able to help people like Snowden who get themselves into hot water for doing something important they believe in.
I just kicked it off with $1,000... What can you contribute?
Even if you can't contribute, please copy+paste this link (http://tilt.tc/03Vq) to your Facebook and/or Twitter page in support!!!
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Why is the FPF the best place for these funds? 1) They aim to educate the public about the fact that brave whistleblowers like Edward Snowden are critical to ensure government transparency when traditional avenues are cut off by Congress or the executive branch, and 2) Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras -- who have reported many of the NSA stories based on the documents leaked by Snowden -- are founding board members. Co-founded by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, FPF's motto is "leaks are vital to a free press and republic" and they have been harsh critics of the Obama administration's crackdown on whistleblowers.
Again -- thank you all for your support! If you'd like a refund for your contribution to this campaign, please email [email protected] and you'll be able to get one promptly.
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