A petition on Whitehouse.gov to pardon NSA contractor Edward Snowden for revealing the NSA's spying activities (PRISM and phone data collection) has passed the 100,000 signature threshold needed to earn a response from the White House. As of this writing the petition sits at roughly 117,000 signatures. The petition solicited the Obama Administration to pardon Snowden for any crimes he may have committed.
"Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes he has committed or may have committed related to blowing the whistle on secret NSA surveillance programs," the text of the petition reads.
No doubt those who signed the petition eagerly await a response from the White House on this issue. Earlier in the week it was reported that Snowden would be charged for leaking the classified information about the NSA's spying activities and that he had decided to seek refuge in Russia.
We will have more on this story as it develops.
Thanks to Papa Midnight for the tip.