October 31, 2013
Healey Quoted on Net Infrastructure Overhaul
As well as providing another embarrassing insight into the NSA’s technological reach, the revelations come at a time when countries are already discussing proposals that would undermine US control of the internet’s core addressing system and would force more data to be stored within their national boundaries.
“If true, then it is a stunningly bad idea,” said Jason Healey, a former NSA official who is now the director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative at the Atlantic Council think-tank, referring to the new report.
“It shows that our intelligence leaders have adopted a purely short-term view of what is acceptable, which is only going to encourage the trend towards the Balkanisation of the internet and the imposition of national boundaries,” he said.