The Christian Science Monitor quotes Cyber Statecraft Initiative Director Jason Healey on the impact of the intelligence breach conducted by Edward Snowden one year ago:
“The first-order impacts [of the NSA spying revelations] still seem not as bad as we feared with a big dip in transatlantic trust but perhaps not as much direct catastrophe as we feared,” says Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative. “The boost in transparency from the White House has been long overdue. With issues of cyber and intelligence so buried for the last decade, it was a breath of fresh air that Obama’s intelligence policy wasn’t just declassified but in fact unclassified.”
But he’s not so sanguine that the US government has learned its lessons on surveillance overreach.
“I suspect they feel that they have dodged the worst and may even be in the mood for further risk seeking,” he says. “For example, there’s little in the current Congressional bills [that] really live up to the moment we’re facing.”