Here's my radical and no doubt easily ridiculed take on Manning, Snowden, the NSA, etc.:
All government should be in the sunshine. No secrets, no lies,
everything in the open for all to see. If the country has to rely on
secrets and lies to survive, it's not worth saving. And I am, having
just passed the 68-year mark, becoming increasingly convinced that the
survival of this country is not worth the price we and the rest of the world are having to pay.