M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby & More Rally Behind Edward Snowden

M.I.A. performs during the Sasquatch! Music Festival
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M.I.A. performs during the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre on May 24, 2014 in George, Washington.  

While TV news pundits talk themselves red in the face about Edward Snowden and the ethics of his whistleblowing, a collection of genre-spanning musicians are teaming up to rally behind the exiled American.

M.I.A., Tom Morello, Moby, PJ Harvey, Thurston Moore and more signed a petition supporting him and Courage Foundation, which is raising money for his defense fund.

"Thanks to the courage of sources like Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning, Jeremy Hammond, and Edward Snowden, the public can finally see for themselves the war crimes, corruption, mass surveillance, and abuses of power of the U.S. government and other governments around the world," Courage Foundation said in a statement. "WikiLeaks is essential for its fearless dedication in defending these sources and publishing their truths."

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Rage Against the Machine's Morello released a separate statement explaining why he supports the actions of Snowden and other whistleblowers:

"Those courageous enough to expose the crimes of government and unmask corruption embody the spirit of democracy and justice. Rather than being celebrated as the truth-tellers and champions of accountability that they are, they are persecuted and find themselves the target of a draconian legal system that punishes them for the act of exposing crimes."

Pamela Anderson, Russell Brand, Alfonso Cuaron and Susan Sarandon also lent their voices to the petition.


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