LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — “The elites in D.C. may not ride the bus, but they can’t avoid reading the bus!”
That’s the concept behind the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund’s plan to put the message “Thank you Edward Snowden!” on a District bus, along with a blown up photograph of the former NSA contractor.
“The U.S. government is threatening to send whistleblower Edward Snowden to prison for life,” the organization says on its website. “But millions stand behind him. We thank him for standing up and telling the truth, at great personal cost. Join the movement to defend our constitutional rights and right to privacy.”
According to the Associated Press, Snowden has been living in Russia since late July or early August and was granted a one-year asylum by Russian officials. He originally fled to Hong Kong in June but left for Russia shortly afterwards fearing extradition.
The U.S. government has charged Snowden with unauthorized communication of classified material under the Espionage Act. Authorities claim he revealed classified details about the NSA’s global surveillance networks.
A Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority spokeswoman confirms that an ad, sponsored and paid for by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, will be placed on one Metrobus for four weeks beginning on or around Nov. 25.
Although the site says the bus will be “around Capitol Hill and the White House,” its specific routes are unknown, she said.
For more details about the ad campaign, click here.