Snowden had asked the Guardian journalist to wait for a man with a Rubik’s cube. But the man was so young that Greenwald wondered whether perhaps it was the NSA whistleblower’s son or his lover who had come to the initial meeting.
Any doubts about Snowden’s position inside the NSA, however, were squelched when the whistleblower began recounting his improbable rise from high school dropout/video gamer to master of offensive cyber attacks on behalf of the Obama administration, all of which he had documented methodically.
Throughout their first adrenaline-pounding days together, Greenwald’s mind was understandably boggled at the enormity of the scoop. Snowden, meanwhile, ended the day saying he needed to rest, joking, “I call the bottom bunk at GITMO [Guantánamo].” Asked why he could sleep so well, Snowden quipped, “I figure I have very few days left with a comfortable pillow, so I might as well enjoy them.”
Judging from Greenwald’s first-person account, Snowden radiated a calm and an orderly logic that were essential parts of his psychological makeup. It was a combination that made him both the NSA’s up-and-coming star and their ongoing nightmare.
75% of the people I’m connection to on most platforms, are only really ‘stream’ connections, acquantainces, not close friends. Make it simple to add permissions (Hey, take a look at this photo? You can’t see it? My bad, let me give you photo access) and make the complexity come not in mass categorization (the main failing of Google+ is the amount of WORK is takes to create meaningful circles) but in tailoring individual interactions.
I love this article. VR vs AR, and the future Facebook wants to build with Oculus, explained in cyberpunk terms.