If you understand that governments everywhere are purveyors of privilege inherently characterized by incremental corruption then you likely realize that one consequence of increasing corruption is increasing deceit requiring evermore secrecy to hide it all from public scrutiny. This explains in large part why States everywhere tend to demonize whistleblowers and earnestly disparage revelations of distasteful policies, practices, and procedures.
Preservation of the status quo typically is of paramount importance and even the US tramples traditional American values to expediently protect existing states of affairs. Nowadays intense secrecy is perceived as necessary to keep deceitful America afloat therefore facilitators of involuntary transparency are at the top of enemy lists. Even journalists performing routine investigations have been singled out as potential terrorists or traitors. Law primarily is an instrument for preserving the status quo.
In addition many observers realize that US central government has perfected the use of economic privilege as an instrument of extortion for orchestrating targeted behaviors worldwide. Selective denial of available funds based on behavioral criteria most assuredly is government by extortion and unquestionably is America's most fashionable modus operandi both inside her borders and globally where military operations are excluded.
As a purveyor of privilege America granted Ecuador favorable trade status in exchange for cooperation in its thus-far disastrous war on drugs. The trade status is up for renewal at the end of July and establishmentarians have implied that status might be withdrawn if whistleblower Edward Snowden is granted asylum there. Those who would suffer have nothing to do with the NSA or America's intrusion into private lives and are mostly agrarian workers benefiting indirectly from increased crop exports to the US.
According to BBC Ecuador's communications minister Fernando Alvarado has stated that "Ecuador does not accept pressure or threats from anyone, and does not trade on principles or make them contingent on commercial interests, even if those interests are important" openly placing politicized principle ahead of both extortionist demands and constituent incomes.
Japan Today reported that President Rafael Correa's "government also offered the United States $23 million in 'economic aid' for 'human rights training' to prevent attacks on people's privacy, torture and extrajudicial executions"—a tongue-in-cheek offer nevertheless arguably practical and desirable since the astoundingly ill-bred days of preceding administrations.
With both extortion and military action seemingly not useful in this specific instance, President Obama reportedly has platitudinously said this to BBC: "My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an international community and they should be abiding by international law".
Nonetheless the US hypocritically continues to defy both international law and universal human rights with implicitly illegal invasions, imprisonments, torture, kidnappings, and executions of suspected worldwide enemies without due process. That simple non-exhaustive list portends subsequently generated secrecy enough to cause tremors over possible disclosure. Consequently most establishmentarians fearfully and obsessively desire to make epic examples of all whistleblowers.