"He could have been a whistleblower."
All these politicians say that he COULD have been or SHOULD have used another method. They're stupid. He would have gotten stone walls one after another in the proper channels. What proper channels are there for such things?
I feel he was completely justified in the way he did it and the paranoia with which he proceeded. He should be welcomed back, and the people in the government who started the projects he exposed should be prosecuted.
We need some legislation that better defines our privacy in the digital realm, and it better not be that there isn't any.