The Emperor has no clothes.
I wasn't sure what to think of Ed Snowden until I read this:
"Further, it's important to bear in mind I'm being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school." Edward Snowden: the truth about US surveillance will emerge | World news | The Guardian
Mr. Snowden has been called grandiose, a narcissist. It has been suggested since he fled to Hong Kong, that he's working for the Chinese.
This guy had a good paying job, (without graduating from high school, no student debt) a house in Hawaii, decides to jeopardize everything, with a guarantee he will not be able to come back to this country, for what? Is he a big fat Benedict Arnold traitor?
It's a good thing private contractors save us so much money and are completely trustworthy, such a relief.
Seriously, I am sure Russia is shocked we've been spying on them,.
In the "interest of letting Americans know what's going on," I don't know any who actually care.
They are completely apathetic to their information being collected, since they are too busy trying to survive.
Snowden; "Obama's campaign promises and election gave me faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes. Many Americans felt similarly. Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge.
Now we are getting somewhere, because Eddie isn't alone here. The way President Obama ran his campaign and the way he governs are vastly different. Snowden is not the only one who has noticed it. However, he seems to justify his outing of US surveillance as a sort of social justice that the President didn't follow through with.
So I don't know if this guys a spy or a psycho or neither. Maybe he's just pissed off at the corruption and lies that have been going on since The Patriot Act? Time will tell. Having someone like Dick Cheney call you a traitor? A man who fabricated information that led this country into an unnecessary war, who was never prosecuted for war crimes. If that's justice in America, Snowden has nothing to worry about.