Because in this day and age of international terrorism, most of it directed toward the United States' interests, there are many on the left, in their naively and often ignorance, who genuinely believed that the US government wasn't keeping an eye on it's own citizens, sometimes stretching (or if you like beyond) the letter of the law. It was already common knowledge that the NSA had the ability to read our text messages whenever it wanted to and I'm quite sure it did. So now it stored them, as well as our emails too. So what? It comes down to privacy versus security and I obviously lean toward the latter.
Interesting question. I don't know what to make of the guy. I certainly do not see him as a villain, but I'm not sure of his "hero" status yet. I do find it a little odd that people are surprised by govt. spying. I have a hunch, ever since the Oklahoma City bombing, Uncle Sam has been keeping tabs on many of us very carefully. If not "Big Brother" certainly "Big Business" is keeping tabs on you as well. Herbert Hoover did a somewhat decent job on keeping tabs on us even before the Internet. You can safely bet the "propeller heads" that have designed much of this software have either for their own amusement or for other reasons written certain code in the algorithms to make spying much easier. (CONT. as comment.)
He is a hero in a way for exposing the government. However he has made his way to somewhat enemy countries-Russia, China and they won't extradite him. A little more than suspicious. I pray and hope he is not giving away too secret information and data with other countries. I thought he was a hero for informing US citizens but after his recent actions I strongly distrust him.
I have no idea. He told China and Russia, two of our biggest political rivals, about our security shortcomings, and he stiffed the American people. We had to find out via the media AFTER he commited treason. He should have found a way to tell us first, that way he would've gotten his message out without betraying America.
Judging by your other comments, you obviously don't care what those scumbags do. There are people that do care, in fact 85% of the population doesn't trust the government anymore (Rasmussen poll). Those are the people that care about it. That is why he is a hero. Don't take loss of freedom lightly, because one day you will wake up.... And you will be a slave.
I hope he gets asylum. Venezuela will probably take him. How about James Clapper lying to congress? He is a villain. He lied about "not spying on Americans". He got caught lying. Thats exactly what Eddie was warning us about and how we the people are being deceived and lied to. Watch out for those little drones.
Without Edward Snowden we not even know that our rights as americans had been violated. FISA courst wht a laugh? Haigh lied to congress no congressional over site. Verizon's legal team is trying to get this before the Supreme Court. Edward Snowden has not outed any agents or our military but has defended our constitutiona liberties which our own government seems to ignore.