People are passing the hat online to reward Eric Snowden for revealing the NSA’s data collection schemes. Michael Moore and Glenn Beck both called him a hero, and if those two were both on the Titanic they probably wouldn’t agree to jump into a lifeboat. He talks about transparency, and he sure seems noble and well-spoken. The story, which is still unfolding, reads like it was lifted from a movie script: Snowden gave up an apparently fulfilling life, an affluent lifestyle, and a lucrative career to reveal government overreach.
Before booking Eric Snowden Day and throwing a parade, though, it’s worth waiting to see what else is out there about him, or at least what he says next. When a story seems to come straight out of Hollywood, sometimes it proves too good to be true.