The State Department refused to accept even one petition page, when over 100,000 signatures where on delivery the first week of April. Eventually, the Justice Department reluctantly took RootsAction’s petitions: more than 4,000 pages that included cogent comments from many thousands of people.
Photo: The Guardian/Reuters
“Advocates for Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower pressed for the return of his U.S. passport and his freedom to seek political asylum,” the McClatchy news service reported.
“Supporters, including Coleen Rowley, a former FBI special agent who became a whistleblower herself about the agency’s pre-9/11 knowledge, and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, attempted to deliver thousands of public petitions to the Departments of State and Justice…
“Rowley and McGovern were among the first Americans to visit Snowden in Moscow. They were joined at the petition effort by Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org, an online civil liberties group whose website hosted the petition drive.”
Large media outlets from several continents were at the RootsAction news conference — which caused such a stir that a former director of the NSA and the CIA, Michael Hayden, felt compelled to respond. For details, click here.
You can watch the Real News Network video report on RootsAction press conference here.
RootsAction want to thank all signers, that helped to propel our petitions to have real impact. And we’re just getting started!
(Reblogged from http://rootsaction.org/ and edited by Ivar Jørdre)
* Government Executive: Should Edward Snowden Get His Passport Back?
* Video: RootsAction News Conference on Edward Snowden’s Passport and Related Issues
* Institute for Public Accuracy: Petitions for Snowden Encounter Officialdom in Washington
* McClatchy News Service: Snowden Supporters Want His Passport Returned and Right to Asylum
* The Real News: Petitions with 100,000+ Signatures Call for Snowden’s Passport to Be Reinstated