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Snowden hacked here? Now we know we're an IT superpower
No smoking breaks, just a smoking gun. Which, however, was a concealed weapon at the time. That's how his instructors remember EdwardSnowden, who reportedly spent six days in an IT training institute in Delhi in 2010, taking a crash course in white hat hacking. They had no idea that, two years later, he would become the most notorious guest of Sheremetyevo International Airport. Which, thanks to the state of play in Russian politics and the economy, has quite a few unusual people populating the lounges at any given moment.
Opinion is deeply polarised on the present colour of Snowden's hat. Proponents of security see it as midnight black. Opponents of impunity think it's so blazingly white that toothpaste ads appear to be moodily lit in comparison. But there is little doubt that his case will colour the politics of the future, and serve as a touchstone for defining the domain of secrecy in a political culture that demands ever-increasing transparency.