Yesterday, the 29 year-old kid who claimed that NSA is spying on Americans in a massive manner was terminated. Exactly why this is suddenly such a big deal remains unclear; Snowden's "revelations" should be unsurprising to anyone paying attention, as the huge data center in Utah has been under construction for quite some time and its implications have been widely discussed - even on this site, on occasion.
Even conservatives are flummoxed; some, such as Glenn Beck, have hailed the kid as a hero while others have branded him a traitor and called for his summary execution. Both views are just nutty: the kid's not a hero; he's an idealistic and immature young man. Neither is he a traitor; the government agencies have long and well-established histories of using their resources to chill civil liberties.
It is the latter which represents the greater danger, because in a representative Republic rooted to a significant degree in principles of democracy, freedom of speech - and the protection of unpopular ideas and criticism - is essential to the preservation of our fundamental rights. What Snowden chose to do may constitute reprehensible conduct to the extent that it embarasses his employers (and by extension, the US government), it most certainly fails to rise to the level of treason.
That's a label that can reasonably be applied to Obama, given his failure to respond during the Benghazi attack as well as his claim of "authority" to order summary execution of American citizens (using drone strikes) without due process. Predictably, American media are awash in tales of panic and treason regarding Snowden, when they should be focused upon Obama.