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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Edward Snowden is seen on a monitor as he speaks druing a live video feed during Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

World-famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden said he wants a presidential pardon.

The former US National Security Agency contractor has been living in Russia ever since he leaked sensitive NSA information without authorization. Snowden maintains his actions, which were reported in 2013, of copying and leaking data brought about much needed change.

Snowden told The Guardian journalist Ewen MacAskill in a video interview, “If not for these disclosures, if not for these revelations, we would be worse off.” Snowden exposed numerous global surveillance programs.

Because President Barack Obama’s term is nearing its end, Snowden said the timing of his pardon is appropriate.

“Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but perhaps this is why the pardon power exists — for the exceptions, for the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but when we look at them morally, when we look at them ethically, and when we look at the results, it seems obvious that there were necessary things,” he said.

Should President Obama pardon whistle-blower Edward Snowden?