Snowden is and will remain on offense. All reports are he has enough dirt on that thumb drive to keep dumping on the US Government for years to come.
I think that's the key right there. Obama promised to value and protect genuine whistleblowers. Obama was very clear about that.
Then he tried to crush anyone who did come forward. What's a genuine whistleblower to do?
I can’t feel disgusted with Snowden only. After the combination of leaks from Manning and Snowden, the question remains as to how on Earth did politicians, or bureau officials come around to trust these guys? But then again, the problem is far bigger than the leakers, it’s also a question of a government that while claiming security, shows plenty of incompetence and fallibility at the same time.