A Patriot puts country above self. There is never any obligation whatsoever to follow an illegal order. If you had a document that was arbitrarily classified Top Secret that was a report of the President of the United States committing murder there would be no obligation to protect a criminal.
NSA whistle blower may be a Patriot. He also may have broken the law.
We shall see. It does seem pretty self evident that our current
administration is steamrolling the Constitution. If they have a problem
with being called on it...*uck them.
classification level was the Iran-Contra op? Probably Black. How
about the Watergate break in of the DNC HQ? I imagine that was off the
books as well.
National Security Act exists to protect the common interests of all
Americans, not to hide secrets of renegade appointed officials and
criminals holding office.