"[O]ur system offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. They can take advantage of federal whistle-blower laws; they can bring their complaints to Congress; they can try to protest within the institutions where they work," Mr. Toobin explained. "But Snowden did none of this. Instead, in an act that speaks more to his ego than his conscience, he threw the secrets he knew up in the air — and trusted, somehow, that good would come of it. We all now have to hope that he's right."
Frequently, Mr. Toobin's language sounds like that of a much older, dyspeptic writer, as when he says, several times, that in the early days after her kidnapping, "rivers of alcohol were flowing" in the Hearst mansion.