One in three Americans now believes that former security contractor, Edward Snowden, is a patriot and should not be prosecuted, according to a Reuters poll published on Wednesday.
While a majority of the 645 voters are still undecided on Snowden’s status, only 23 percent perceive him as a traitor to the United States. Similarly, a majority of voters were unsure whether Snowden should face charges, while 35 percent said he should not face any charges and 25 percent said he should be charged to the full extent of the law.
Snowden himself said he was neither a traitor nor a hero in an interview with the South China Post on Wednesday.
Considering new information is revealed each day, it might be too early for a decisive majority opinion.
Proponents of Snowden’s heroism have begun a petition to pardon his crimes, so far gathering 60,000 of the 100,000 signatures needed for an address from the White House. A series of other online campaigns have emerged for Snowden — an indication of growing support for his actions.
Snowden has moved to a safe house in an undisclosed Hong Kong location and vowed not to leave until he is forced. After responses from Russia and Iceland offering him asylum, Snowden praised them for their support.
"I am glad there are governments that refuse to be intimidated by great power," Snowden said.