The latest coming out of the NSA spying scandal is that the feds are spending $750 Million a year to subvert private encryption. They clearly have the desire to get rid of privacy, but Steve Gibson says they aren't anywhere near getting to the point where they can crack a back door into encryption. They can, however, pressure companies like Microsoft to put one in. Which is why open source encryption is the way to go.
News broke this week that Microsoft helped the NSA figure out how to snoop on Americans by intercepting all their communications data. Leo says that bad guys know how to defeat open source encryption technology that has no back door in the source code. Sure, the NSA will automatically grab encrypted traffic, but they won't be able to crack into it in the near future.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was indicted this week on espionage charges, but there's a petition of over 100,000 at the White House website requesting that the President pardon him. Leo says he should because he's done the nation a great service without endangering anyone, unlike Bradley Manning, who put US spies in jeopardy.