The Washington Post

More than 54,000 people are petitioning the White House to pardon Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who has admitted leaking information about the nation's classified surveillance programs. The petition, launched late Sunday afternoon, gathered more than 54,347 signatures by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.. "Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued […]

It grew exponentially in a way typical of the go-go era of security contracting after September 2001.