Q: What about the Obama administration's protests about hacking by China?
A: "We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries."
Q: Is it possible to put security in place to protect against state surveillance?
A: "You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place."
This is turning out to be the most interesting story of the year. I think there's an important distinction to be made between Mr. Snowden and Bradley Manning. Snowden did this entirely on his own, released the information through an organization with credibility and had a plan.