Seeing how it seems the govt powers at large are just letting the NSA do what it is they are doing, I wouldn't have been surprised if we never even heard of Snowden if he attempted to blow the whistle and stay at home. They'd surely grab him up and throw him in some dark hidden room and "lose" the key. There are so many things we, the public, are not told. Funny if you think of it, we the people make up the govt body in every form, but you let one person step out of line and say this isn't right and the rest throw off that person and prosecute them. If its bad enough you have to prosecute them because they said something, maybe it shouldn't have been happening in the first place.