No, Snowden is up there with Ben Franklin and the like. People who resisted their government at the very highest levels, people who would have hanged for their activities if they'd allowed themselves to get caught.
The funny about the US is that is was founded on terrorism. It was owned by the King of England, and the terrorists rose up and defeated him. How is Snowden any different? The US govt is now playing the role of the King of England, and he is playing the great American Hero. Where are his supporters who will happily fight and die along side him? Nah too hard, what are the Kardashians up to this week?
Pretty lame comparison. The King of England was representing an absolutist regime while the current USA govt is a democratic regime, this is a huge difference. You basically defeat a democratic regime by voting. So far, the democratic regime don't want Snowden to win because there are serious drawbacks in the way he acted that jeopardize the democratic regime itself. What do you replace a democratic regime by? A totalitarian regime? You are left with no options here. You cannot defeat a democratic regime like the patriots did in 1776.
I don't believe the problem here is with the aviation regulation regime, the hobby quadcopters (I hate the terminology drone because a drone can be anything remote controlled and we are actually talking about quad-,octo-copters here. Also, future quadcopters may not be remote controlled. So, talking about drones here is not really appropriate) aren't advanced enough yet to cope with any regulations that may be put in place and have the required safeguards.
What about first demonstrate the quadcopters can and may respect any regulation and it can be enforced? From this point, the aviation regulation body will be more open to not restrict the usage up to a point it is confined to specific and delimited geographic areas.