Edward Snowden speaks via video link during a news conference in New York City, Sept. 14, 2016.
Brendan McDermid—Reuters
By Tessa Berenson
September 16, 2016

Edward Snowden says he’ll vote in the U.S. presidential election while he’s still in exile in Russia.

“I will be voting,” the former NSA contractor said Friday, ABC reports, although he wouldn’t say who he will vote for. “As a privacy advocate I think it’s important for me … that there should never be an obligation for an individual to discuss their vote,” he said. “And I won’t be doing so with mine.”

But Snowden elaborated, “What I will say about the candidates is that I’m disappointed we’re not hearing much about the constitution in this election cycle. We’re not hearing very much about our rights.”

Snowden, who leaked classified NSA information in 2013, is currently petitioning President Obama to pardon him before the new president takes office next year.

Write to Tessa Berenson at tessa.berenson@timeinc.com.

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