Even if it was legal, that doesn’t make it right.
Far from committing an act of treason, as several top US lawmakers have suggested, by all appearances the NSA whistleblower has done a public service.
It is in popular culture that the fraudulent “ideal” of America as morally superior, a “leader of the free world”, has been most effective.
There is a significant psychological price to being constantly aware of the variety of ways in which your activity might be tracked.
On questions of “US national security”, from wiretaps to Gitmo to drone strikes, Barack Obama has shown his thinking is even less unenlightened than that of the junior Bush. And liberals everywhere better accept that.
Expose injustice and pay the price.
The Foreign Secretary claims law-abiding citizens have "nothing to fear" but MPs will want more reassurance than that.
The whistleblower who leaked Top Secret documents to the Guardian about NSA domestic spying practices has revealed himself to be 29-year-old Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee.
The Guardian's stories of the last two days are the highest-level US leaks since the Pentagon Papers.
The President is caught riding rough-shod over privacy for the second time in a month.