Snowden's idea of the Deep State, folks, doesn't include (officially) non government actors like EFF and Silicon Valley. Snowden, who said that people who support old age security are [email protected]$%ing retards, chooses (because he's smart) to believe that the State and its private sector assets and allies are totally separate. He certainly ignores Corporatocracy. He pushes, along with other fakers like Jacob Appelbaum, Tor, a parallel internet created and funded (which it still does) by the State's intel community, fooling people into thinking that will save them from the prying eyes of big brother. Until I read Yasha Levine's (imperfect but dynamite) book, "Surveillance Valley," I too thought Snowden was a hero.
Hopefully he's developed since. But that would take humility, a quality in short supply among people generally. (People think, literally, that they're God.) I don't hear much from Edward. The few times I read about him, I noticed that he was hobnobbing with suspicious characters. That was before I read Yasha Levine's book. We'll see.
Don't have heroes. Or, at least, be prepared to reevaluate if you do have heroes.