As long as we just got handed a reminder that the NSA has no qualms at all about vacuuming up any data it can get its hands on, it's also time for a reminder that the only reason we know about this stuff is because of Edward Snowden.

I don't think, at this point, that you could argue that his revelations weren't newsworthy, or even that his intentions were good -- and all the talk about him walking off with secrets to Hong Kong or Moscow have been revealed to be bullshit as well (though thanks, government spin machine, for spreading that lie).

As far as I'm concerned, that means Snowden is a hero, and deserves a pardon. That isn't likely to happen (though who knows how many more revelations there will be), so until then, I recommend the next best thing: Donating to his legal defense fund.

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