I'm out of my depth here, but I have a serious question for surveillance prognosticators: what does the scandal really say about critics of the American security state?
It seems to me that the outing of P4 was a result of both the strength and weakness of the US surveillance complex. If the FBI didn't have free reign to dig through private email without cause, or if the investigator hadn't been able to act as a whistleblower, this would probably still be secret.
What we're seeing here, as these critics have said, is the surveillance apparatus eating itself. While this raises serious questions about government power, it also begs the question: if the apparatus is so malicious, how did it unravel so quickly, without much help from critics?