Excellent essay, Mr. Timms.
I've always found it interesting that Josh Earnest, called back to act as White House spokesperson has such an easy time of repeating Official Talking Points and is not in the least, earnest.
"Earnest is, to put it charitably, not telling the truth. Snowden was a contractor, and as such, by law, he did not have any of the whistleblower protections that an employee of the NSA would have. It’s amazing that the White House is still repeating this lie years after it was debunked."
If Truth and Justice mattered in our nation (after its covert military coup and subsequent development of a fully functioning Deep State apparatus), your case would be airtight here:
"But there is precedent for a pardon: Samuel Morrison, the first leaker convicted under the Espionage Act, was pardoned by Bill Clinton during his presidency. Given how powerful figures who have also mishandled or leaked classified information, such as David Petraeus, have gotten off almost scot-free, it’s past time the administration did the right thing and made sure these two American heroes can return from exile and prison."