Edward Snowden

Whistleblower Edward Snowden hailed as hero on social media

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 June, 2013, 9:49am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 June, 2013, 4:20pm

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.