The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
– The Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution
The documents were carefully selected for their ability to illustrate the problem without being sensational or personal. The exit strategy led to Hong Kong, with a long tradition of free speech but under the control of the US’ one serious non-friend, China. The leak was given to the Guardian, a non-US publication with a history of defending speech and privacy. All of this is the work of a methodical mind turning himself over completely to what he believes is simply the right thing to do.
Edward Snowden is a hero, and a very smart one at that. A petition has already started for a Presidential pardon, and I hope you will sign it.