So while Traveller wondered if Snowden would just ride off into the Russian sunset, Greenwald continues to methodically digest and release information. I had guessed that we have not heard the last of Snowden's information trove, and so it is. This week the following were confirmed:
SSL is broken. No surprise here. I have assumed for years that SSL and other common encryption tools can be broken by the NSA at low cost. They have strong-armed vendors, but open source software is probably broken too, though with more effort. There the method isn't to build a back door, but to include subtle vulnerabilities into code that the NSA could exploit. I would even guess that some of the vulnerabilities routinely found in all kinds of software were introduced in this manner.
We spy on Brazilian politicians. Not a surprise either, but a political hot potato for those affected. Brazil canceled a trip by diplomats who were coming to the US to prepare for visit to the US by Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff in October. Her trip has not yet been canceled, but she will be forced to bring up the issue with Obama.
The encryption thing is getting more coverage, since it directly impacts Americans. It will also have negative effects on the tech industry.