Ron Diebert from Citizens Lab will also be hosting a "Fireside Chat" with Snowden at the RSA conference in San Francisco. Now, I get all the piling on Snowden for what he did, and I have built an entire career working in that space, and I will tell you it really was getting out of hand. The checks and balances went from grey to blur to gone. If Snowden and others thought that stealing documents and leaking them would trigger a re-boot of the system towards a more transparent intelligence collection system of laws, then he really doesn't understand what Intelligence is all about anyway.
The driving issue issue here, as always, was and is money- defence and other security contractors constantly pushing new ideas for projects towards a chequebook with an unlimited overdraft account. We had to hire project managers just to manage the inflow of unsolicited proposals and fit them under somebody's empire or silo, and that was 10 years ago. It did not stop under Obama (or Cameron or Harper), and these leaks really have not slowed anyone down.
I see that Snowden is also aligning himself with Apple on the encryption issue, which is probably driving Tim Cook straight to the bottle of Scotch for pain relief.