Why do you dislike Snowden? (in reference to your tag about how he can choke, but I can't completely tell if you're being sarcastic or not)
I think Snowden’s whistleblowing did result in Americans being more aware how the government are comprising our privacy, which some will argue if Snowden didn’t do what he did, we won’t know how deep the rabbit hole goes. I think John Oliver’s interview with Snowden gives a good explanation on how our privacy is being invaded and why we should care about it, even though we believe we aren’t doing anything wrong.
However, Snowden leaked information that did compromise our national security and exposed how our intelligence community gather info including to our adversaries, including Russia and China. He has also sought refuge in Russia, which recently compromised our elections.
Snowden’s conduct during the elections was also highly questionable, imo, which tbh is what completely turned me off from him and lost any sympathy i had for him. He was more concerned about his pardon (which okay I get) regardless of what happens to Americans. I think at some point he thought he could get it from Bernie or Trump if they won, but not from Clinton, so he actively encouraged his fans (mostly progressives) to vote third party instead and perpetuated false equivalencies between Trump and Clinton.
Russia also extended his asylum today, same day Chelsea Manning was pardoned. And while civil rights groups also support the pardon of Snowden, Snowden never applied for pardon. What Snowden is asking for is complete immunity, which he might get under Trump tbh if his master Putin requests it from his puppet.