Petition To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Gets Over 100,000 Signatures, Reaches Goal

1:52 PM, Jun 22, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An online petition in support of Edward Snowden, the man who leaked information on the National Security Agency surveillance operations, has surpassed its goal of 100,000 signatures. 

The "Pardon Edward Snowden" petition received over 102,400 signatures before its deadline of July 9. 

The petition, that was created on the White House petition website on June 9, reads: 

"Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a 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 complaint was filed against Snowden in the Eastern District of Virginia on June 14 and unsealed on June 21.

"It is not known if the U.S. government has made a formal extradition request to Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong government had no immediate reaction to the charges against Snowden," USA Today reported.

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