A White House petition calling for the pardoning of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has surpassed the 100,000 signatures it needs for an official response.
A petition on the White House's “We the People” website needs 100,000 signatures in the first month of being posted to earn an official administration response.
A tense international manhunt is underway for Snowden, who revealed classified documents detailing the NSA’s surveillance of phone and internet traffic.
The 30-year-old former government contractor fled from Hong Kong to Moscow on Sunday to avoid a U.S. extradition request and is waiting to hear whether he’ll be granted political asylum in Ecuador. He faces federal charges on espionage and theft of government property.