The New York Times: Obama Weighing Security and Privacy in Deciding on Spy Program Limits, by David Sanger
While few in the White House want to admit as much in public, none of this would have happened without the revelations by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor now in asylum in Russia. While Mr. Obama has said he welcomes the debate about the proper limits on the N.S.A., it is not one he engaged in publicly until the Snowden revelations began. Now the president has little choice — this week alone a constellation of forces is pushing for change: A federal judge called the bulk-collection program “almost Orwellian,” while some in Congress, many of his allies and Silicon Valley executives demanded change.
is precisely why official Washington regards him with such contempt and is desperate to see him imprisoned: to prevent "more Snowdens", i.e., future whistleblowers who shine a light on their unconstitutional and abusive behavior carried out in secret. As the ACLU's Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer wrote in the New York Times today
: "Edward Snowden has made our democracy stronger. He should be praised, not prosecuted."