died this day a long time ago
There wasn't a lot of grinding of teeth over the execution although public opinion was divided. What is clear now, in hindsight, is that law enforcement played a few dirty tricks to get the conviction and a lot of stuff made it into trial that would now be laughed out of court. Rigorous debate ensued of course but it was debate without the facts. It was as if Faux Noise was the truth-o-meter and guardian of knowledge. Egad.
Enter Edward Snowden. He wasn't or isn't a classic spy as we know the term. He is, however, a self-styled truth teller out to right what is in his mind, a great wrong. Those around the Rosenberg issues noted something of the same thing...why should the US have the atomic bomb and Russia not as it tipped the balance of power etc..
It also appears that he had a Google email account and as such, he should have known that Google operates far in excess of the Patriot Act. Every email is filtered. Every search is logged and recorded. The data is mined and links back directly to the account holder. EVERY as in every.
Snowden is no hero nor is he a Rosenberg. His lofty idealism is a sham made of stupidity and a lazy mind. His head won't be set on fire like Ethel's, nor will he likely spend a day in prison.
It is good we are having this discussion - this Patriot Act stuff - and finally and rightly so. Just don't give this Snowden boob any credit for it.
I won't even venture into the realm of Wiki-Leaks.