"Tactics Sully, not details, we will change our moral code so we are not hypocrites."
You'll have to explain what you're talking about. I don't see any similarity at all between the two siuations and on the surface there are none. Its up to you to make a logical connection if you want others to operate under the premise that there is one.
"So if I am reading this right, the end justify the means. The whole thing hasn't played out, so we don't know if its "greater good" it just appears that way now. But under the covers in 5-10years we might learn how this information was used against us. In fact if in the hands of Putin, I would bet that has already happened."
What is Putin going to do, take over and create a totalitarian state where the government spies on all its citizens illegally? Create a government that serves the connected elite instead of the people? Too late. Let's worry about the people who are screwing us now before we worry about someone who may screw us years down the road.
The end doesn't always justify the means. But IMO, Snowden committed lesser crimes than the ones he's exposed. And its unlikely that he would have been able to accomplish the same without breaking laws.