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By MATTHEW V. LEE 06/23/13 05:19 PM ET EDT AP

WASHINGTON — The former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed a highly classified surveillance program has had his U.S. passport revoked, an official said Sunday.

Edward Snowden’s passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia and while that could complicate his travel plans, the lack of a passport alone could not thwart his plans, the U.S. official said. If a senior official in another country or with an airline orders it, a country could overlook the withdrawn passport, the official said.

The U.S. official would only discuss the passport on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the matter.

Snowden’s allies said he was heading toward Ecuador, where the foreign minister said the government had received a request for asylum.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to comment on Snowden’s passport specifically but said individuals facing arrest warrants could have their passport withdrawn.

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Snowden pardon petition passes 100,000 signatures

Snowden pardon petition passes 100,000 signatures

Edward Snowden

by NEDRA PICKLER / Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 7:46 AM

WASHINGTON  — A petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon admitted state secret leaker Edward Snowden has passed 100,000 signatures.

The petition posted on Whitehouse.gov calls the former National Security Agency contractor a “national hero.” It says he should immediately be pardoned for any crimes in “blowing the whistle” on classified government programs to collect phone records and online data.

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