he's just a guy who jumped at an opportunity without giving it much thought.
That's funny, that's how I feel about your approach to your post there.
That's not what happened at all. You should read more of Snowden's interviews, etc. and get more background information on him as well.
For one, Snowden is a highly skilled hacker... trained by the NSA themselves.
For another, Snowden had the choice to remain anonymous and if you'd read his interviews you'd know that he deliberated for a long time over his decision to whistleblow and go public with the data. It was far from the fantasy you ignorantly portrayed.
No a blackhat would have known how to do it and get away with it without getting trapped in a Russian airport for eternity.
Once again, Snowden could have chosen to do all this anonymously. If you read his interviews and statements, he makes it clear why he chose to go public instead.
I know we all want to make this guy out to be some uber leet hero
If your intention is to disparage Snowden, you're not doing a very good job by positing factual inaccuracies, half-truths and expressing general ignorance on the matter.