re: NSA's Prism Could Cost U.S. Cloud Companies $45 Billion
If and when Snowden finally stands trial, I wonder if stats like this one will be used to demonstrate how his leaks hurt American interests. It wouldn't be much different than what prosecutors argued in the Bradley Manning case. The Manning case involved national security, whereas these stats refer to economic consequences-- but still, several parallels. As Snowden's many supporters demonstrate, a lot of people would argue the United States damaged its own interests by deploying PRISM to begin with. In a legal court, I have the feeling this sort of argument might be allowed to stand-- but in the court of public opinion, much more interesting question.