More than 18,000 people believe that Edward Snowden is a national hero. Soon after Edward Snowden revealed his identity, a White House petition calling for his pardon was created online.
“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,” reads the petition posted at the White House’s website.
On Monday, just between 11 a.m. CEST and 7 p.m. roughly 10,000 people signed petition.
So far, 18,248 people have signed the petition, that was created on June 9. Snowden is probably the first person to inspire a petition to pardon them before they’ve even been arrested or charged with a crime.