Regarding Snowden's fleeing to certain countries, it's time for a significant paradigm shift in perspective. Consider that this reflects more on the poor character and ill will of the US than on Snowden. If the US can exert such pressure on so many other nations this highlights the extent of the aggressive power of the spy apparatus and the military industrial complex. This is an unrepresentative power of the country with massive resources and it remains hidden and unaccountable to the public. This is exactly the point behind the release of information. This is important stuff we should know about and the stuff of legitimate professional journalism. The Guardian seems to be taking the news seriously while most of the American press are either no shows or propagandists for the empire.