Zynga boss reportedly asks Obama to pardon Snowden

But president says he can't do that.

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During a meeting of tech titans at the White House yesterday, FarmVille studio Zynga cofounder Mark Pincus asked President Obama to pardon controversial NSA document-leaker Edward Snowden, according to a CNN source.

Obama reportedly responded by saying he could not do that, though no further explanation was provided.

The Washington Post also reports that one member of the panel asked Obama to pardon Snowden, though it does not specify who made the suggestion. Other tech executives in attendance included senior officials at Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and Google.

A Zynga representative declined to comment.

Snowden, a former NSA contractor, has since fled the United States and is living in Russia on a temporary basis. Most recently, documents leaked by Snowden show that American and British agents infiltrated World of Warcraft, Second Life, and Xbox Live to hunt terrorists.

Discussion

437 comments
camichan
camichan

Snowden "cannot" be pardoned because Snowden's actions are considered the supreme crime one can commit against any state or power structure: the crime of disobedience. To forgive such disobedience would be viewed as weakness. Power systems, as "your local mafia don can explain to you" depend upon credibility.

History will show Snowden was right, and his actions heroic. It's now our job, the public, to participate in revealing this truth to our elected public servants. I'm pleased some people apparently are already doing so. It's not nearly enough, though, I'm afraid, and I pray we won't live to regret it.

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

Snowden is a just another selfish traitor who leaked all this classified info for the attention. Anybody who calls this man a hero is pathetic. He should never be pardoned and should be tried in court.

LE5LO
LE5LO

You Corporate/Government owned N.W.O Illuminati Yuppy scumbag shills just don't get it.


Snowden is a hero.

thesonofodin77
thesonofodin77

Snowden should be tried, and when he is convicted, executed for what he did.

charlieholmes
charlieholmes

I usually enjoy coming here and reading entertaining comments about gaming. Then, once in awhile, a serious topic comes up and we get to see SOME of the ignorance and lunacy that exists in some who post here. Makes me wonder how many people here actually know much at all about the Snowden leaks and then have the intelligence to actually formulate a rational opinion.

Apparently, not many.

Ninjalawpsn
Ninjalawpsn

Mark Pincus should ask to be pardoned for all of those crappy games that Zynga produces. 

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Snowden is a traitor to this country, he must be executed!

How i miss our true and the best leader of this world, George W. Bush.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

Good on him and the other guy who asked, and yes the president can pardon Snowden he can pardon anyone, he should have said he doesn't want too.

Obama is just another puppet dancing for his masters, fuck Obama.

sirapathetic01
sirapathetic01

The founding fathers would be so disappointed...

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

- T. Jefferson

frylock1987
frylock1987

But Obama will pardon atleast 10 criminals known for raping, murder and stealing though.


Because thats the American Way, Only in a America can you do fucked up crimes and have the 50/50 chance of being pardon by the President and sent back out onto the streets, no matter how big and fucked up your crime was.

Good Job America!!!!!!!!

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Hey, Obama, I heard you do favors for random people now. Can I get a jet plz?

AlphaWolF_J
AlphaWolF_J

I will be suprised if obama dont have him offed in some suspicious accident or haul his ass of to guantanamo bay on BS terrorism charges for suggesting he do somthing right  thats inline with the publics opinion.

Instead of supporting his orwellian dictatorship.  

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

Whats needed is a better system OF security for the country. Something that will protect the people and not spy or intrude or track. Get thinking people!

aci808
aci808

I liked the comments section better when it was just fanboys bitching about whatever it is they bitch about. It's really not the place for 19 year old hipsters in tight jeans talking about their unintelligent opinions on world matters. To see you guys talk about this article is just embarrassing and quite sad. Go back to talking about the only thing you have any real knowledge of, video games.

Fursnake
Fursnake

I don't think I would trust a request to be pardoned by Obama coming from the head of Zynga...the whole thing smells wrong.

Williams0907
Williams0907

Everyone wants to get snowen but why does no one want to punish the NSA for doing a IILEGAL act that is against the constitution. Sheep at its finest.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

He literally means he can't, he's got a gun barrel pushed against his lower spine.

Do we really still think it's the president that even runs the show any more?

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

How many days until Obama orders his hit squad into Russia to execute yet another American citizen?

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

Rich powerful bad guys want the hero dead.

They should make a Snowden game.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

I'm just bummed that Pincus is considered a "Tech Titan"

OrgeLambart
OrgeLambart

Obama if you pardon Edward Snowden..... I'll give you all the Alien cows you want brotha.

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

I agree Snowden did us a huge favor, but he's no messiah. He basically confirmed to us what anyone with a triple-digit IQ could have told you.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Of course they can't do that, it's a witch hunt. This is fucking Murca, not the United States of America that is supposed to be the champion of freedom and liberty. Different country. Surveillance States of Murca.

ecter1216
ecter1216

Fucking christ people. This is how the damn world works. There is no such world were the government is going to be your best fucking friend. The government has to spy on its people, has to spy on others. They do it for your fuckign saftey. Cause god forbid something bad happend to you guys and you guys wouldn't blame the government for not doing anything. 


Hypocrisy is all I see. You all want to be fucking safe yet don't want to be looked after. This has been happening for decades. Must be delusional as fuck to believe its anything new. The government isn't spying on you to take your credit card information or identity. It spies on its own people to try and find who leaks critical information to countries, it spies on its people to try and find that bomb that is on a bus heading for your school. They have to look to find things that could hurt people. 


What Snowden did was break his contract. Its as simple as that. He signed it, he was intrusted with rights. He broke the contract. It would be like you signing a contract to not tell people the lottery numbers. If you told people you would just cause mass mayhem. 


As I stated earlier. It has just become a damn fucking piss contest. Trying to boost your egos saying you are right and they are wrong. All I am thinking is damn! How small must your dicks be to be this arragent? 

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@Diegoctba 

If your definition of a traitor is someone risking everything to expose a government so contemptuous of the constitution it's sworn to uphold & defend that it was spying on its own people then I can't wait to see what your idea of a patriot is. Maybe something similar to how the Stasi in East Germany had everyone so terrified of being disappeared by the government that people would voluntarily spy & report upon each other for spurious reasons. Is that the kind of "patriot" you had in mind?

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@AlphaWolF_JExactly, Obama has the power since 2010 to detain any american for any reason indefinitely without a trial. The country has gone to shit and people aren't happy with this president everyone thought was going to change things.

Well guantanamo is still open, he is drone bombing everyday killing innocent children and even a full wedding party (14 dead) and is taking the country on a path to destruction.

TheWatcher000
TheWatcher000

@aci808

And yet in all the comments you've made on this story, you haven't made one intelligent point, and haven't offered a single original thought.  Only rage filled tantrums filled with half-wit insults toward people that disagree with whatever line you are towing, and propaganda speak regurgitated from whatever cable news fantasy world you live in.


You seem to absolutely lose your shit over this, yet you can't offer a single refutation or intelligent counterpoint to any opposite point of view.


Like I told you earlier, get on some fucking meds that can help you get over yourself.  There isn't a single thing you can do about what people express here, and it's pretty obvious no one gives a shit what you think, because you have nothing to say.


#dealwithit

AlwaysRunning
AlwaysRunning

@naryanrobinson As long as the person in office is a Democrat or a Republican, they are a puppet. Anything they do will be used as ammo by the opposite Party. They aren't concerned with anything but covering their own asses.

breathnac
breathnac

@AlwaysRunning you do know terrorists have been able to acquire american citizenships (not saying snowden is one)

ecter1216
ecter1216

@stage4saiyan Only problem though is he told stupid people what others already knew and now its causing nothing but issues. 

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

@GrenadehWhen I hear Murca, in my head it's followed by a bunch of our ridiculously stupid military lingo.

frylock1987
frylock1987

@ecter1216

And how many Terrorist Attacks have they prevented? How many Terrorist have they caught?

Zero, because they never talk about it.

go back to nibbling on your grass sheep.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@ecter1216 I assume this was sarcasm and so liked it. Hopefully I was right.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

@noandno@thesonofodin77 they been breaking our privacy for very long time, it just cat is out of the bag, and they gona bury the guy at the stake for doing so. It wonderfull thing our government no? it not like they gona do the right thing and bring them selves to justices.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@AlwaysRunning @naryanrobinson Why should Snowden be pardoned?  Compromising National Security is a serious crime...it can get INNOCENT PEOPLE killed.  Yeah, maybe the US Government overstepped some things along the way...but Snowden ain't no robin hood.  He should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  The guy broke into a government website and stole the test answers to get employed by the NSA.  Snowden never had the best interests of the United States in mind...he wants to be famous, no matter how many people he ultimately hurts.  It's a sad day that the President even listened to some dopey gaming guy about Snowden.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@naryanrobinson  Your point? The greater good (or the public good) is and always will be better than the individual good.  One innocent guy in prison every now and then to prevent thousands/millions dead isn't a bad trade-off.  I don't want foreign agents to have access to American spy/military secrets.  I don't suffer fools stealing such secrets, then announcing to the world that the government is spying on WoW or German Politico conversations.  


Snowden's hardly running for his life...he's living it up in Russia...and will continue to do so until Putin tires of him anyway.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@Suaron_x You know that the American government has already passed a law that states that any person can be lifted off the street by any as-yet unspecified, pre-authorised force, and held indefinitely in an undetermined place for an indeterminate length of time without the right to a lawyer or phone call or trial if they are suspected, with or without evidence, or collaborating with terrorists in any form?  You know that right?

That solitary law, passed quickly and quietly by the nameless, makes the USA, the United States of America, something called a "Police State".

So please spend the remainder of your time out of detention camp telling yourself that Snowden has painted the biggest target known to science on his forehead and is now running for his life across an ever-shrinking planet earth because he wants to be "famous" if that's what helps you sleep at night, but don't sit there and claim to be speaking for the rights of innocent people, oblivious to both what you're talking about, and how much harm people of your kind are causing to the future freedom of the entire human race.  Thanks.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Suaron_x @AlwaysRunning @naryanrobinson I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you don't read news, don't know about Drudge Report or InfoWars or Jesse Ventura or dozens of other sources of information that you won't find on the croney MSM networks.


Literally everything you said was incorrect. Everything. Hes a former CIA agent and NSA agent - he didn't cheat to get employed. Even assuming he did, obviously he fit the bill because he hacked the CIA/NSA.

Suaron_x
Suaron_x

@Grenadeh Really?  So you enjoy watching planes being flown into buildings?  Terrorists detonating nuclear bombs in cities is acceptable in your world?  Snowden ain't a roofer, he's a government agent with access to classified information.  Information which in the wrong hands, could cause harm to you or large numbers of people.  Just because a country hasn't been invaded doesn't mean their aren't threats that need to be addressed.  What if the financial markets collapsed tomorrow...do you really want to live in a Great Depression worse than the 1930's.  China recently tried to brick all of our PC with a computer worm which would have caused just that you moron.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@meatz666 @Grenadeh Persecuting him, and Assange, for treason is utterly ridiculous. This isn't the 18th or 19th century where you sell your country out and it actually makes a difference to a foreign aggressor. What are the American people going to do with the information that their government has been spying on them and experimenting on them for 60 years, or the information that the Federal Reserve Bank is a fraud private bank solely responsible for our impossible to maintain national debt and rapid inflation? Rise up? It was going to happen anyway and if it's considered treason to inform the people that their government isn't representing them, then America has truly failed as a republic.


What's going to happen? Is China somehow going to invade us now that people who are willing to research know that everything is bullshit? It's not even tactical information.

meatz666
meatz666

@Grenadeh Not to forget that NSA broke the UN treaty that prevents UN allied country to be illegally spied. Inside America, it goes against the Constitution. 

NSA did something illegal. Snowden just broke a contract.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@A_Rabid_Dog @Grenadeh I might add the government isn't protecting us, even if it is their job. More people get killed in America on a routine basis BY THE POLICE than by crime. We have cartels kidnapping and murdering people on the southern borders in an unchecked "drug" war, people shooting each other all over the country either because they legitmately snapped or because the government set up a false flag event, and the ONE thing they did all this crap for - to stop "the turists", has actually happened - see Boston Marathon bombing for all the proof you need that its a bunch of ineffective bullshit.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@ecter1216 @Grenadeh Ugh. Yes, Snowden broke his contract. Breaking a contract isn't grounds for the death penalty. Which is exactly what will happen to him if the bounty hunters and interpol and shit that America sends after him actually get their hands on him. Or something comparable.


You don't shoot your roofer because they reneged on a contract or screwed up, nor any other type of employee. NSA shouldn't be special in this regard and the fact is, he revealed classified information that people in an actual society that actually supports liberty and individual rights, the principles upon which our country was founded and the philosophy the people who founded this country based it on, deserve to have and should be aware of.


You get fired, not killed, not jailed. 


And welcome to fucking America. Yes we want to be safe, and it's not the governments job to keep us safe. It does not explicitly say anywhere in the constitution that the government is supposed to protect us, from ourselves, nor necessarily from anyone else.  Even the oath of office, for almost all branches, pledges an allegiance to the constitution. This is the same logic that leads to a broken Obamacare system that is also not specified anywhere in the constitution - the government has no mandate to provide health insurance and frankly has no business doing so.


The only people pledged to actually defend the people are the military.


Even so, are you honestly that dumb that you think violating all of our civil rights, all of our protected freedoms under the constitution, is a valid means to "protecting" us? When has America ever been invaded? 1812? What are we being protected from with Orwellian surveillance, NDAA, EEA, PIPA, SOPA, and 36 other American or international pieces of legislation that had no business ever being introduced, much less voted on?


Go back to fucking dictator prep school with your Bilderberg overseers and train to be a shepherd over us "hypocritical" sheep, as you clearly don't belong with the masses.