Monday, October 27, 2014

Should Surveilance Revealed by Snowden Spark Foreign Outrage?

To me, the most interesting thing in this piece, apart from the substance of the argument, is Fareed Zakaria's citation of the words of former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner: "Let's be honest. We eavesdrop too. Everyone is listening to everyone else. But we don't have the same means as the United States, which makes us jealous."

I suppose that only former foreign ministers can afford to be so forthright. But it does put Edward Snowden's actions in an interesting light, suggesting that foreign governments' outrage at the U.S. government for its surveillance program may be a bit hypocritical.

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