Responding to the question whether he saw (Bill Gates) that Snowden was a hero or a traitor, responded slightly but significantly in one direction: I think the law is violated, so definitely not characterize it as a hero.
If I wanted to raise the issues and stay at home and participate in civil disobedience or something like that, or if he had been careful as to what he had been released, then it would fit over model “OK, I’m really trying to make things better. “He will not find much admiration from me.
The government has such ability to do these things. There must be a debate. But the specific techniques used are not available if they are discussed in detail. So the debate has to be about the general notion of under what circumstances should be allowed to do things.
What I find interesting about this is that Microsoft as a company has been active in relation to the activities of the NSA, and the largest state surveillance. Microsoft joined Google in the lawsuit against the government for the opportunity to share more information about government requests for user data.