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If you allow the individual to become the sanctioned and empowered governmental over-site authority, you will get anarchy and a breakdown of order.

True. But often if an individual doesn't step up then we never find out about the illegal activity.

If he (Snowden) exposed field operatives or something similar, then fry him. If he just revealed an illegal program then he is a "whistle-blower" and should be protected/immune.

If my company is dumping toxic chemicals in a ditch behind the plant, and I report it (violating various rules about disclosing company "secrets"), am I "wrong"? I fully expect to lose my job for it, but should I fear prosecution for revealing something blatantly illegal?
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