Although he should not be punished. He served justice to the people of America. We have a right to know what the government is doing, and even though he knew bad things would come, he told us. Snowden is a true American hero. The USA should pardon him. And while they're at it, nullify the patriot amendment.
Did he reveal some secrets that the people should know about? Sure. But did he reveal critical information on procedures that our operatives and informants use to collect data on terrorists and police states such as north korea and I.S.I.S? Yes. Are those individuals dead? Yup. I'm afraid i can't give you any more details but it's true. He could have avoided that if he went through proper government channels such as the inspector general. But he didn't now people are dead and it is his fault. He not only got people killed he than fled the country to take shelter in a nation that wrote the book on how to spy on it's own citizens. Putin is a corrupt ex-KGB agent, and those guys were not about the freedom of speech.
Edward Snowden actually served the American people by exposing to them truths in which they were not made aware of. He did something contrary to the US Government but he also helped the public to learn more about the way they are being watched, so although he may have broke some rules he still provided information that the public would like to know.
Article Three, Section Three of the US. Constitution, defines treason thus:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."
Edward Snowden did not levy war against the United States, nor did he give aid or comfort to any group with which the US is at war. And even if he had, no two people caught him in the act; therefore, what he did was not treason.
Edward did not commit any crimes , he is simply misjudged by others alike. He is more unique than any other can compel. We shouldn't prosecute him just because he has scissors for hands. He was born that way, he try's his best to fit in for societies needs. Beegle
The Patriot Act is unconstitutional. The Department of Homeland Security and the NSA, CIA and FBI, thanks to the NSA now have the closest thing to absolute power that any group has had in the history of mankind. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The reason we were educated to believe we are better than the NAZI Germans of WWII was because 'someone would blow the whistle'. Who is Edward J. Snowden if not that person, that hero? I say Edward J. Snowden is a hear of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the American people, and a hero to the human rights of every man, woman and child on this planet. Repeal the Patriots Act. Repeal the NDAA. Dissolve the NSA, CIA, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. Investigate 9/11.
From a legal standpoint the NSA had to right to be spying on anyone in the manner that Snowden pointed out. That is why he pointed it out in the first place, because it was wrong. It's like that scene from the second Batman where Lucius Fox tells Batman he can't work for a man with that kind of a machine (tapping into everyone's cellphones). It is the same concept and he is not a traitor for pointing out something illegal.
No, Edward Snowden did not commit treason, because he was trying to expose a legitimate issue to the people of the United States. More people back Edward Snowden and what he did than back the United States for being upset with him. He had to tell the United States citizens the extent to which they were being spied on.