80% of Twitter Followers Say Snowden, Assange Should Be Pardoned by Elon Musk.

The U.S. government has chased whistleblower Edward Snowden and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for years over allegations they disclosed private and sensitive information.

What Happened: Elon Musk polled on Saturday about pardoning Assange and Snowden. The survey was meant to fulfil a commitment, not offer an opinion, he said.

With five hours left, the poll has nearly three million votes. 80% voted to pardon Snowden and Assange.

Snowden responds: Quote-tweeting the poll, Snowden said he and Assange were charged under a legislation meant to hinder fair trials.

“Defendants are precluded from launching a public interest defence, juries prevented from hearing it,” he continued.

Assange, an Australian writer and publisher, is in a London prison fighting extradition to the U.S., while Snowden, who fled to Russia, was granted citizenship.

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