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No pardon for Edward Snowden

EDWARD SNOWDEN, the former National Security Agency contractor who blew the cover off the federal government’s electronic surveillance programs three years ago, has his admirers. After the inevitably celebratory Oliver Stone film about him appears this weekend, he may have more. Whether Mr. Snowden deserves a presidential pardon, as human rights organizations are demanding in a new national campaign timed to coincide with the film, is a complicated question, however, to which President Obama’s answer should continue to be “no.”

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Open Call to Democratic Parliaments: Stop cooperating with Russian State Duma following illegal elections in Crimea

On 18 September 2016, the Russian authorities have held "parliamentary elections" on the territory of unlawfully occupied and illegally annexed Crimea and Sevastopol in breach of the international law, as well as in contravention of the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/262 and the Baku Declaration of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that reaffirmed territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

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Russia has a years-long plot to influence Balkan politics. The U.S. can learn a lot from it.

“A Russian influence operation in the United States is something we’re looking very closely at,” The Washington Post recently quoted an unnamed senior intelligence official as saying. As the article put it:

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said.

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