Well, my motivation is less about whether this is wrong or right or whether this actually gives the US an advantage over our allies or just perpetuates pointless rivalries and more along the lines of “this is the way the game is played”. If Snowden doesn’t have the intel to attack all the major players and shame them into stepping down their intra-alliance spying, then he shouldn’t be attacking the US and UK exclusively while letting everyone else look like victims. We’re all up to our knees in this shit, and we’re not going to get out of it if we don’t do it together.
Not that the US isn’t likely amongst those nations that are deepest in it, but attacking just the US will just make our diplomats work that much harder and give that many more concessions to smooth ruffled feathers while our intelligence agencies work to prevent future leaks. We aren’t going to stop spying if no one else will. Not when there are terrorists who would love to provoke us into a moronically stupid overreaction like bombing Iran.
And yes, I did just equate the US to a landmine. Too big to fail doesn’t apply to just banks.
EDIT: changed ticking time bomb to landmine. Better analogy.