Klaus Stuttmann, a German caricaturist, has gotten it right, I think. See his take on the situation and argumentation between the USA and Russia here.
Putin: “If Snowden was a Russian who had published the world-wide surveillance of Russian secret services and would then have escaped to the USA – would you grant him asylum?!”
Obama: “Never!! Not such a scoundrel!!”
Surely the US wouldn’t grant asylum to such a Russian whistleblower, right?