This morning on the radio I heard two dolts referring to Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden as whistleblowers ...what irked me was not that they were discussing if Manning and Snowden were whistleblowers or not...the journalist was referring to the two as whistleblowers...ergo they must be whistleblowers.
I think the scale and method of Manning and Snowden's leaks are best characterised as treasonous. There are laws that exist to protect whistleblowers - and both Manning and Snowden could have exposed immoral or unlawful behaviour without committing treason on the scale they did.
The confusion of Whistleblower and Traitor is no different than the confusion of Terrorist and Freedom Fighter. The fact that so many cannot smell the difference is a dangerous symptom of deeper problems.