Yes, another Edward Snowden thread. No apologies.
This recent article from the New York Times (and thus, presumably accurate) notes that Edward Snowden disclosed secret and obviously politically sensitive information about the NSA’s & the US Cyber Command’s “QUANTUM Program”.
From the linked NYT article:
In other words, QUANTUM has not been used for illegal surveillance inside the US, and has not been used in any way to violate citizens’ privacy.
By illuminating QUANTUM, Snowden is providing what can only be considered to be helpful information to America’s enemies, adversaries, and rivals (including not just China, but terror networks and drug cartels as well).
By being unwilling or unable to separate what he believes to be illegal and/or unconstitutional NSA surveillance operations from legal ones, Snowden has demonstrated exactly why airing such concerns in public, on front pages around the globe, is not the way to do it.
Hero? I think he is, at best, an idealist who is doing a fine job of compromising LEGAL and important surveillance activities. He should be prosecuted should the opportunity arise.