I still think that before Snowden there was no media news about what the NSA was doing(recording everything). The government may say oh we are not but they have lied so much that no one believes them.
Look at what the IRS did to the Tea Party. Look at the White House lies to the people. So to believe the government over Snowden is hard, so fare the government has lied about everything, IRS, Benghazi, The IRS emails being losed(PLEASE), NSA, The border(Children), and so much more.
So you put Snowden next to the Government, who is the bigger lier? That is the problem the Government wins on being the bigger lier.