Human rights groups launch a campaign urging President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden as a whistleblower.

FOX's Jon Decker reports from the White House:

Allies of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden are making the case that he should be pardoned by President Obama with the ACLU, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch launching the PardonSnowden.org website today.

Snowden also spoke publicly about his case:

(Snowden) "These risks, these burdens that I took on, I knew they were coming."

The President has not budged from his demand that Snowden return to face prosecution for stealing thousands of classified intelligence documents.

The President's spokesman ruled out the possibility that Snowden will receive a presidential pardon.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.