Snowden is a former National Security Agency contractor who, like Manning (who thinks he's a woman) gave away national secrets, so of course Putin loves him. But so might Obama who apparently loves anyone who doesn't love the USA--the Castros are the first to come to mind, but there are others.
Snowden and his leftist supporters have been actively campaigning for a pardon from Obama but his name did not appear on a list of pardons that have been prepared. He has been stuck in Moscow since 2013 after he tried to fly to Latin America but was stopped in his tracks after providing information revealing surveillance and data collection programs operated by the NSA.
Josh Earnest was asked about why Snowden and Manning were being treated differently and he said that was because Manning is a transgender person who has been punished enough.
Just kidding. What he really said was that the documents leaked by Snowden were "far more serious and far more dangerous" than those Manning disclosed. This, of course, is a lie. Both individuals compromised US intelligence and in Manning's case, people in covert operations likely died and others clearly had to be pulled from the field as their lives were compromised by the disclosures of names and identifying information. In fact, the Taliban went on a "killing spree" based on Manning's information.
Snowden is just a scum who needs to be incarcerated for violating the Espionage Act. Manning, of course, should not only not be released, as Obama is doing, but should have probably received a much more harsh punishment due to the fact that our nation is and was at war when the document dump to WikiLeaks was done by him.
I don't think Obama will pardon Snowden, nor should he, but if he does, it will be yet another slap in the face.
Sadly, I wouldn't put it past him.
Two more days and he's out of the White House on yet another taxpayer paid vacation after coming back just days ago from his last one.