Report: Zynga Founder Asked Obama To "Pardon" Edward Snowden

Yesterday, a bunch of America's leading tech sector executives met with US President Barack Obama. They were meant to be talking about the failure of Heathcare.gov, but things got really interesting when the conversation moved onto the fate of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The former CIA employee, who fled overseas to avoid US prosection for his actions, is a hot subject right now in political circles. Some see him as a traitor. Others see him as a hero for transparency and democracy.

You can probably guess which side a lot of the tech executives sit.

According to CNN, during the meeting Zynga founder Mark Pincus asked President Obama directly, to his face, to "pardon" Snowden. The President declined, saying he could not do that.

We've contacted Zynga for confirmation, and will update if we hear back.

Tech source: We weren't at White House for health care chat [CNN, via The Verge]