Re: It's just a matter of time
Very strange? Not really, if you consider that the bureaucrats who pushed it ahead in a spirit of being beyond moral or legal judgment wound up handing a hot potato to all those equally unprincipled politicians. The result is a predictable outcome when no politician or bureaucrat wants to be the last one holding the potato. It's now an avoidance game and has no more to do with being right, effective, moral or legal than building that data-amassing digital spider web did in the first place.
Have you noticed that in the U.S., at least, criticism of the NSA's actions already centers on their getting caught at it or on their failure to prevent some dangerously principled contractor's employee from telling the truth about them? Even the reg calls Snowden a leaker, not a whistle-blower.
If you believe the desperately patriotic posturing of those in power, or their twisted legalistic justifications ("Congress passed the law, go talk to them"), you probably believe the Pentagon's little fables about wanting to win wars, too. Unfortunately, the closer I look at any of this the more it seems like it's really about piping money to various favored contractors, building influence and avoiding responsibility. That's all.
So Snowden's a leaker and a runner, not a whistle-blower. And yet everything he has said in the course of taking the huge risks he took indicates he acted, rightly or wrongly, out of principle. Funny this key question of motive has escaped the notice of everyone in authority and even many who are sympathetic to him.
I keep coming up against jaw-dropping hypocrisy. I mean really -- 'US secretary of state John Kerry wagged his finger at Russia, saying it would be "deeply troubling" if Russia had advance notice of Snowden's arrival and chose "not to live by the standards of the law."' Good gawd. It beggars credulity.
So Snowden was principled? Never fear, by the time they're done spinning his character in every direction but the inconvenient truth, we'll all believe he eats babies and sells their skins for soft ladies' gloves, to borrow a riff from Swift. Then all the bureaucrats and politicians will go back to the money pipeline business as usual.