A petition set up on the White House's "We the People" petition site asking the Obama administration to pardon Edward Snowden
has already passed 100,000 signatures, and shows no signs of slowing down, with a few weeks still left to go. That means that, in theory, the White House is supposed to issue a response to the petition. Of course, that response could be "hell, no" but it seems more likely that it will be something about letting the DOJ investigation, indictment and charges go through their due course. Still, it is worth noting -- especially in comparison to other petitions -- just how quickly this one got to 100,000 signatures. There are an awful lot of Americans who think that Snowden did something brave and important in revealing how the NSA was spying on us all. Having politicians continue to refer to him as a "traitor" seems like a really short sighted position. A fairly large number of people clearly feel quite the opposite is true.