Edward Snowden acted on what he believed were the best interests of the people in order to stop what he believed was the government abusing power. He is an inteligent rational person who had the knowledge and the judgement to make these kinds of decisions, even if he did not have the authority.
Yes, Edward Snowden deserves a pardon from President Obama. I believe that Edward Snowden is an American hero for disclosing government surveillance programs. He bravely blew the whistle on the National Security Agency when no one else would and Edward Snowden should be allowed to safely return to the United States.
Edward Snowden does not deserve a pardon from President Obama, or any subsequent U.S. president. He is a traitor that copied and leaked confidential information. Evidence has been shown that he did not try to contact his superiors to rectify a wrong that he perceived. Pardoning him sends the wrong message to other potential perpetrators.
Edward Snowden was a traitor to the American people. If he disagreed with surveillance measures, he had better ways to go about disclosing it to the American people than to leak all of our sensitive information to the public. He threatened our national security and he is not worthy of a pardon. He should be prosecuted.