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QUICK TAKE: Snowden Skirmish

As a new movie about the controversial NSA leaker hits theaters, Snowden’s allies are pushing for a presidential pardon.

Edward Snowden controversy

A new Oliver Stone movie about former NSA contractor and world-renowned leaker Edward Snowden was released Friday. The movie has reignited the controversy around Snowden’s exile in Russia and whether or not he should stand trial in the U.S.

Civil liberties groups, think tank contributors, and even Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein have urged President Obama to pardon Snowden.

On the other hand, Republicans and Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are urging the president not to pardon Snowden. The House members do not hold back in a letter to Obama: “Mr. Snowden is not a patriot. He is not a whistleblower. He is a criminal.”

Snowden weighed in on his legacy in an interview with The New York Times published Friday. He called himself “patriotic” for leaking information on the NSA’s surveillance programs, and also said he would consider jail time in a plea bargain that allows him to return to the U.S.

With media attention so scattershot in a presidential election year, Snowden may not have the spotlight for long. What he and his allies do with it may determine the momentum he has for a deal in 2016.