If my memory serves, this is the first time that I have linked a Rolling Stone Interview. I did so because I doubt that most of my readers read Rolling Stone on a regular basis.
Gates has some interesting things to say about Edward Snowden in the interview, particularly:
“I think he broke the law, so I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of “OK, I’m really trying to improve things.” You won’t find much admiration from me.
Even so, do you think it’s better now that we know what we know about government surveillance?
The government has such ability to do these things. There has to be a debate. But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they’re discussed in detail. So the debate needs to be about the general notion of under what circumstances should they be allowed to do things.
It’s difficult, though, because no one knows really what’s going on. We want safety, but we also want privacy.
But even in abstract – let’s say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys. Fertilizer wasn’t too good for the federal building in Oklahoma City, but there’s stuff out there now that makes fertilizer look like a joke.”
Thanks to Rolling Stone