I dunno about you guys.. but this just isn't the "change" I was hoping for. And I'm sick and tired of hearing him blame the other guy. If he didn't think he could make meaningful change in 4 or 8 years then why the heck did he apply for the job?
Very sad to say, but I have to admit that, too. I guess he started with the best intentions, but he ended up the way we see him now. He probably slipped deeper into the dark zone than his predecessor ever was. On the other hand, the other one would most likely not have been better either.
As for the original question: While I would not call Snowden a "hero" (because I believe heroism is not a very useful concept in our modern world anymore), I think he is has shown remarkable courage, done a very good thing, and even if he did not forsee the full consequences, he has done the western world (the people I mean, not the governments) a huge service by disclosing some of the dirty stuff secret services all over the western world (US, GB, also Germany who collaborate with the NSA), plus the big players in the internet business have come to take as their standard mechanisms and methods. I just hope that a big enough part of the population will make clear to their governments of their countries that they are not willing to accept that stuff. "terrorism" has become a phoney excuse for their never- ending urge of surveillance.