• A political decision has been made not to irritate the intelligence community. The spy agencies are really embarrassed, they're really sore - the revelations really hurt their mystique. The last ten years, they were getting the Zero Dark Thirty treatment - they're the heroes. The surveillance revelations bring them back to Big Brother kind of narratives, and they don't like that at all.

    "Edward Snowden: A 'Nation' Interview". Interview with Katrina vanden Heuvel, Stephen F. Cohen, October 28, 2014.
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