Ok, seriously, are we chimpanzees? We've decided we need to debate whether Ed Snowden is personally a dick rather than what he's revealed?
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) June 11, 2013
If you think, say, John McCain is a ego-maniacal jerk... does that make what he did in Vietnam less heroic?
— Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64) June 11, 2013
Edward Snowden saw something, said something.
— Daniel Lin (@DLin71) June 9, 2013
"Invisible bonds"? Check. "Fraying social fabric"? Check. Demon individualism? Check. Yep. It's David Brooks. mobile.nytimes.com/2013/06/11/opi…
— radleybalko (@radleybalko) June 11, 2013
I mean...you do realize that Snowden in all likelihood outed himself to make it harder for the government to kill him, right? Given what he has firsthand knowledge of, I think it is fair to say that his assessment of his chances of being found out might be...slightly better than average.
So fine, speculate about his motives, his politics, and whether or not he'd make a good neighbor. But maybe, just maybe, it is worth considering that he knowingly put himself at considerable risk for a cause he considered much greater than himself.