Earlier in the week we briefly mentioned former NSA contractor and leaker Edward Snowden's interview with the Washington Post where he noted that his mission "was already accomplished" because the press and the public are talking about the spy agency's various intelligence gathering operations.
In another interview on the UK's Channel 4, Snowden notes that having a discussion about spying is "always cheaper."
In his Channel 4 appearance, Snowden said that the NSA and its counterparts in Europe and the UK have set up what he calls a "system of worldwide mass surveillance, watching everything we do," and that "a child born today will grow up without any conception of privacy and that’s a problem because privacy matters. It allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be."
He closes by saying that the conversations we are having now about these issues will ultimately shape privacy in the future and will determine our trust in technology.
He closes by saying, "Asking is always cheaper than spying."
Source: GIGA OM