William clinton's pardon to samuel loring morrison
Another unjustified pardon recipient would be Samuel Loring Morrison, an American ex-intelligence officer pardoned by President Clinton on the last day of his term. Perhaps to obtain personal monetary gains, Morrison overstepped the boundaries and repeatedly gave classified photos and reports of a Soviet shipyard and other military information to a British magazine called Jane’s Defense Weekly in London. He exposed classified information that compromised national security and did the same action many times to "prove his loyalty" to the editor of the magazine. He was convicted in Federal Court in 1985, however, President Bill Clinton pardoned him in 2001, despite the strong opposition from the CIA. President Clinton did not use his power to pardon responsibly in this case, because it not only was unfair not to punish Morrison's wrongdoings, but also freeing him might result in future intelligence leaks by him as well as encourage others to do the same, and therefore compromising national security.