More People On Twitter Describe Edward Snowden As A Hero Than A Traitor

When the news broke identifying NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the tweets calling him a hero outweighed those calling him a traitor nearly 30-1, according to data from Topsy.

1. Twitter results for “Edward Snowden Hero” vs. “Edward Snowden Traitor:”

6. And here are the Twitter search results for “Pardon” vs. “Extradite.”

Data results via Topsy.

8. UPDATE: This is how people on Twitter felt about Snowden over the last couple days


Between the news breaking revealing Edward Snowden as the source of the NSA leak on Sunday, June 9 and Monday, June 10, Topsy found that tweets about Snowden were predominantly positive, per their sentiment analysis.

Topsy sentiment score has a range of 0-100 with 50 being neutral.

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