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article imagePetition in support of Snowden surpasses 100,000 signatures

By Sami Zaatari     Jun 23, 2013 in World
A White House petition created in support of Edward Snowden has received well over 100,000 signatures in just over two weeks since its launch.
The petition calls Snowden a hero, and demands that he be pardoned from all charges against him in relation to leaking secret NSA programs.
Due to the amount of signatures, the petition will be sent to the office of the President, where he will have the opportunity to view the petition for himself, though it's unlikely the President will give in to the demands of the petition.
Snowden has been formally charged by the U.S. government for leaking classified NSA spying programs, Snowden was specifically charged with "unauthorized communication of national defense information" and "willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person" under the espionage act.
Snowden is currently seeking asylum in Ecuador after having left Hong Kong, Snowden's transit route has included Russia, before he flies off to Cuba before reaching his final destination of Ecuador.
Wikileaks, well known for releasing several classified documents, have released a statement discussing their instrumental role in helping Snowden:
He is bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisers from WikiLeaks. Mr Snowden requested that WikiLeaks use its legal expertise and experience to secure his safety. Once Mr Snowden arrives in Ecuador his request will be formally processed."
Wikileaks own founder, Julian Assange, has also sought asylum in Ecuador, and is currently seeking refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, England.
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