At least the UK’s Liberal Dems are expressing concern, even if it won’t amount to much. Brazil is expressing consternation at the detention of one of its citizens, thankfully.
In the end, the citizenry might (quite ironically) benefit from this governmental bullying of journalists and data leakers.
Mr Greenwald [reporter following Snowden leaks whose significant other was detained and questioned for hours] said he would respond by writing reports “much more aggressively than before”.
“I have lots of documents about the way the secret services operate in England,” he said.
“I think they are going to regret what they did.”
Sympathy from the public and on-going mass media attention are hard to manufacture and hard to sustain. The government’s self-defeating actions will potentially aid the cause of civil liberty, notwithstanding its intentions of doing just the opposite.
Politicians are at a crucial junction point. They have an opportunity to be on the right side of history, or be remembered as being on the other side. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds. We’re finally getting the transparency that Obama promised, but failed to deliver and is trying his best to thwart. Further evidence that Snowden will be remembered as a hero many years from now.