Edward Snowden: Traitor or whistleblower? Cries of treason were loud at the beginning, but as time and revelations of NSA surveillance went on, more and more people used the word whistleblower rather than traitor. He cannot do what so many want — give the documents back. Clearly, they are in the hands of journalists across the globe. Recent revelations have shaken lawyers, especially at large and global firms, and it is clear we too will have to live in what one journalist called the "post-Snowden era." Authors Sharon Nelson and John Simek introduce us to the NSA's Enemy No. 1.