Some folks may take this as an excuse to explain away the bad things that Edward Snowden did; but nothing could be further from the truth. I don’t condone how Mr. Snowden went about his business. With that said, I do wish to offer a plausible explanation on why Mr. Snowden may have felt he had to do what he did.
Since 2012, my business partner and I have been fighting the bureaucracy that is called the federal government. The reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stole our intellectual property, provided it to a preferred vendor and then blacklisted our little company; driving us out of business. After writing to our congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to report the crime, writing to the Small Business Administration, the Inspector General’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, the FBI, and even the President of the United States absolutely nothing happened. No one bothered to even respond. No one was held accountable. Heck, we even called the whistleblower’s hot line and we were hung up on. We wrote to the director of the Office of Government Ethics only to be told that he wasn’t really responsible for ethics just making sure that forms get filled out.