Scene 1: The Federation Security Agency archives. Night. A lowly young security contractor named KHAN steals into the archives. Moments later, the archives explode, spilling all of the FSA's juicy secrets all over the Intergalacticnet.
Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of the NSA's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. It should have been Aldous Huxley.
The architects of behavior will thus be warranted in telling the people
that they can win back the confidence of the government only by redoubled efforts.
Would it not be easier in that case for the government
to dissolve the people and elect another?
Snowden's revelations have dramatically undercut Washington's effort to corner Beijing on the issue. They allow Xi to counter Obama's complaints by saying that the rest of the world, including China, is a potential victim of this massive and formerly secret American cyber-surveillance program.