I've been an Edward Snowden fan because I believe, without much doubt at this point, that anything he's done that his critics call out as "bad' such as releasing information about legitimate U.S. intelligence operations against overseas targets or seeking refuge with Vladimir Putin are either forgivable or understandable within the context of him giving the American people the knowledge they needed in order to give consent to their own government. That domestic surveillance practices were curtailed or changed in the wake of his revelations is just proof to me that they were not actually acceptable to the people as previously practiced and there's no reason to believe they ever would have changed had Snowden not put the information out there.
Basically, I think that if a few other intelligence eggs were broken in the making of this omelette, I can live with that and forgive it.
If living with Putin is the alternative to jail in the US (or an unfair trial where a public interest defense is not even allowed to be raised), I can also forgive that.
If it were up to me, Snowden would be pardoned, brought home and giving obnoxious TED talks for a living by now. The conventional wisdom was, around six months ago, that President Obama was Snowden's only long-shot chance for a pardon because Hillary Clinton is just never going to go there.
Now Wikileaks, which is not the same thing as Snowden (but is associated with him in the public mind, at the very least), has become an outlet for Russian intelligence to release dubiously important hacked information that seems ineptly designed to help elect Donald Trump president, I wonder if any Democrat is going to entertain the notion of a Snowden pardon, ever. Because that's Snowden's only hope. A Republican isn't going to do it. Gary Johnson is never going to be President. Jill Stein is not ever going to be President.
Is today's minor Wikileaks drama condemning Snowden to further years of exile? I'm thinking yes.