While we all know that Edward Snowden didn't follow lawful procedures in what he did & damaged to some degree US relationships with other nations; it's intersting to note that long after the allegations against him arose, he has more on his side than against. Approximately 60% of those on Twitter consider him a Patriot, rather than a Traitor, which was after the recent interview with Brian Williams of NBC.
Not that we can believe every word that's uttered from his mouth, but some of the things that he has stated has placed US officials in damage control mode. No way could one make all of these things up & no way could he have known all of the things that has been reported, w/out anyone giving authority.
Plus in the interview, it shows that Snowden did work for the US (or an agency of), undercover, under an assumed name(s), something that had never been prior published by US officials. It seems that the US government, embarrassed by his actions, has portrayed Snowden as one of the "little guys", yet the interview suggests otherwise. There's likely a lot more that hasn't been told, as we've only seen edited segments of the interview, nor has US officials came clean about his real status. It seems that everytime something credible does come in, the officials aren't flatly denying any of it. They're currently reviewing data collection/mining policies & making adjustments (or so they say).
While I believe that Edward Snowden did break his promise to the US citizens, only a court of law, if caught (or handed over) can determine guilt or innocence. That's a guarantee to all US citizens & no one should be pre-judged based upon media reports from one side or the other.
However, what he did, like or dislike him personally, was made Americans more aware of our status. That we're not totally free to do as we please, even if we're otherwise not breaking the law, that we can be censored at anytime, our emails, cell phone/landline usage, online usage/postings, with one command, everything except our thoughts can be collected. While much of this was caused by the post 9/11 tragedy, few of us really knew how powerful government is, especially the random collection of data of otherwise law abiding citizens. That, in my opinion, is an unnecessary invasion of our privacy & waste of resources that could be used elsewhere.
Regardless of Edward Snowden's eventual fate, his name is now in US history. Whether or not it's to the good or bad, time will determine.