Edward Snowden is an example of “Shoot the Messenger”, the¬†idea that punishes the carrier of the message as though the messenger caused the problem by reporting it.

The NSA, the IRS and thereby President Obama violated the Constitution and the Fourth Amendment. Edward Snowden blew the whistle by alerting people of the violations so he is being hunted for prosecution but the violations by the Federal Government are being ignored by the Federal Government. Snowden has been transformed by government from a hero to a scapegoat for the wrongs of the government.