Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations. This is how a hero thinks: In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
The Guardian adds: But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. "I don't see myself as a hero," he said, "because what I'm doing is self-interested: I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."
I understand that democratic senators Wyden and Udall have attempted to get the word out about this filthy overreaching by NSA and the Obama administration despite being subject limitations due to material being classified as top secret. This happened under W with Sen. Rockefeller. Long and short, when your government is engaging in criminal acts that undermine the Constitution, any attempt to punish the whistleblower for reporting what is happening is itself criminal. Senators Wyden and Udall, step forward and help this brave man. The people, they are watching.