The response on social media to the unveiling of NSA’s biggest intelligence leak source, Edward Snowden, has been divided with some calling him a traitor, however the response to his coming out has been overwhelmingly positive, with the majority calling him a hero.
According to Buzzfeed, a technology platform, the current numbers on Twitter of those calling Snowden a hero outnumbers 30-1 to those calling him a traitor.
There is currently a crowdfunding campaign for Snowden to "reward this type of extremely courageous behaviour", which has so far raised 3,478 US dollars.
Supporters have also started a White House petition asking for a "full, free, and absolute pardon", with 4,510 signatures collected at the moment.
The whistleblower is trending on Twitter both under his full name and his surname.
To the Hong Kong government: This is your opportunity to be remembered as a place of good. Grant Edward Snowden asylum and protect him.
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) June 9, 2013
How much time before Interpol issues a Red Notice on Edward Snowden? That might prevent him from flying out of Hong Kong.
— Nicholas Bequelin 林伟 (@Bequelin) June 10, 2013
Hong Kong?!?! #Snowden holed up in one of world's most expensive cities with extradition treaty to the US? Who's paying the bills?
— Shai Oster (@beijingscribe) June 10, 2013
Edward Snowden’s view that Hong Kong has “a spirited commitment to free speech” raises some doubts about the quality of US intelligence.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) June 9, 2013
— Anonymous (@AnonOpsLegion) June 9, 2013
One has 3 weeks to disappear. Iceland is one's ostensible final destination. Why stop and stay in Hong Kong w/ so much time? #snowden
— Wieland (@lawscribe) June 10, 2013
#Snowden needs to reveal the detail on NSA spying on all other nations if he wants to generate real global pressure. Broad stats not enough.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 10, 2013
— Michael Shure (@michaelshure) June 9, 2013
Oh my Snowden is in Hong Kong? China's going to have a field day with this. #reversewanglijun
— Ben Lehman (@balehman) June 10, 2013
— Yining Su (@YiningSu) June 10, 2013