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33% of Americans want Snowden pardoned – poll

edward-snowden-heroOne-third of American voters said they want National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden pardoned, but a majority of voters want him to be federally prosecuted, according to the pollsters Morning Consult.

Released this week, the poll comes after the White House rejected an online petition last month calling for the Obama administration to pardon Snowden. A narrow majority of voters agreed with the administration’s position against pardoning Snowden and want to see him tried in court, according to the poll.

Results from a telephone survey of more than 2,000 American voters found that 33 percent supported a pardon for Snowden, while 43 percent opposed one. Another 24 percent had no opinion. When asked if they would support government prosecution of Snowden, 53 percent said they would support the government, with 26 percent opposed to prosecution.

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