" which is a government silencing him in a rather permanent way by taking his life."
Riiiight, because the NSA I'm sure thinks a hit squad is the way to solve the snowden problem.
"Ironically he has found a safe haven in the very closet of the boogeyman you wish to identify."
Yes fancy. Russia taking in someone who is sticking it to the US military and intelligence establishment and is on the run from US authorities. Who'd have thunk it? Its totally unprecedented... oh, wait....
Trust me - once his usefullness to Putin is done, whether that be in 5 or 10 years time, he'll be shoved into some small flea pit flat in a crumbling soviet tower block and be told to shut up or else, or if he's ruffled too many feathers in the kremlin he'll be deported to his fate.