"This ignores the fact that, as a contractor, he had no whistleblower protection under the law, not to mention was aware of what happened to other NSA staff who complained – such as William Binney, who was arrested at gunpoint in his shower and spent five years in legal limbo."
Ah yes, use fear to show others not to come forward when they see wrongs constantly being made.
"Ledgett said that the documents Snowden was responsible for leaking were full of "half-truths and distortions.""
The means the NSA were the ones producing half-truths and distortions. How do we know that is still not the case?
"The capabilities [of the NSA] are applied in very discreet, measured, controlled ways," the deputy director said."
Change discreet to secret (as in secret courts), measured must mean all information, controlled means long-term storage.
"“We don’t sit there and grind out metadata profiles of average people. If you’re not connected to one of those intelligence targets, you’re not of interest to us,” Ledgett insisted."
Intelligence target is probably a synonym for everyone. You don't need call data for everyone now do you?