FOR SNOWDEN’S PARDON

A balloon bearing the effigy of former US intelligence contractor and whistle blower Edward Snowden is seen attached to the Statue of Liberty replica by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904) during an action organised by human rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) asking outgoing President Barack Obama to pardon him, on Friday in Paris. If Obama fails to pardon Snowden, his supporters say he may face the death penalty under the incoming administration of Republican Donald Trump, who has called him a “terrible traitor.” Snowden has yet to be sentenced and faces espionage charges in the US. — AFP