Edward Snowden speaks via video link at a news conference for the launch of a campaign calling for President Obama to pardon him on Sept. 14, 2016 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP
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A Washington Post editorial arguing for the prosecution of intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has sparked an outcry in the media community – including from some of the newspaper's own journalists.Kirtley noted that prosecuting sources for leaks should be troubling for the world of journalism.Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan also broke with the editorial board, calling for Snowden to be pardoned.The Post editorial argued that not only should Snowden not be pardoned, but that he should return to face charges and argue his defense "before a jury of his peers".Fortune magazine media writer Matthew Ingram said it was troubling to see the comments from the Post, which has a tradition of investigative journalism which dates back to leaks in the Watergate scandal and Pentagon Papers case.
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