Sometimes there are true heros. Even today. Like Edward Snowden who made PRISM publically known.
There’s an interview by The Guardian with Edward Snowden:
In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.” […]
He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
Neither Bradley Manning nor Edward Snowden should be sentenced, but the Government that is responsible for such surveilance programs like PRISM should.