Edward Snowden's magic thumb drive holds a lot of state secrets. But it doesn't hold them all.
Vainglorious Ed knows much about what the United States is snooping into. His latest release is a beauty, in fact, revealing that the National Security Agency sweeps up 5 billion cellphone-call records worldwide every day
The Snowden reveals are the perfect holiday scandal - the one that just keeps on giving.
But there is a flip side to all this very disquieting news about the disappearance of our personal privacy space and the federal government's role in taking it away from us.
The NSA is not the only pack of supersnoops tapped into the waves of American metadata washing daily from sea to sea. They aren't the only ones looking into our personal lives in places we do not like having them look.
Cyberthievery is becoming rampant. On Wednesday, I got a letter from the Maricopa County Community College District informing me of "a security incident that may have resulted in the disclosure of your personal information."
Perhaps you heard about it. More than 2.4 million students, former students and employees may have had their personal information held by the college district stolen.
Personally, I'm outraged about this. Not because thieves may have stolen my data. But because I can't for the life of me figure out why the district has my data in the first place. I've never taken a class there! What the hell are they doing with my stuff?
Maybe the answer is that far more people have our stuff than most of us realize.
Not so long ago, the most closely held secret at the Pentagon was the design of the F-35, the new generation of attack jet. A group of hackers known as Titan Rain/Byzantine Hades is believed to have stolen much of the F-35 design data on behalf of the Chinese in the mid-2000s.