"Then two other things must also be remembered: First, Benjamin Franklin opened other people's mail for intelligence purposes during the Revolutionary War. Second, there are two qualifiers present: essential and little temporary."
More straw-man arguments. They were at war with their own government. We are not... yet. The situation is hardly comparable.
As I spotted philosoraptor saying on G+ this morning, Snowden is being accused of Treason (aiding The Enemy) for sharing information with the American People. Does that mean the American People are The Enemy?