And I AM playing Devil's advocate here... I'm not supporting or condemning Snowden ... I'm just saying that you (rightly?) mistrust what the American Government say on this issue, whereas I mistrust everyone.
I don't believe what the US Government say, any more than I believe what Snowden says. But the idea that Snowden is more trustworthy because he broke his oath to his country and is now spilling secrets left, right and centre is laughable. He may well be telling the truth. He might not. The Government may well be telling the truth. They might not.