In this instance it was embarrassing because it brought into question how well the US would be able to keep secret strategic information.
And yeah hacking into allies is pretty unscrupulous. A bunch of the Snowden leaks showed that Israel, France, Germany and others have hacked into us.
It's the way it all works.
> Secrets of this nature have a tendency to leak. If it wasn't Snowden, it could've been anyone else
There were many such leaks, e.g. Binney.
> reporting of confirmed infiltrations of US and allied companies and systems is fine by my book
I agree wholeheartedly with this.
Could you elaborate? As far as I know, Germany has some kind of agreement to not spy on the US.
http://hbpub.vo.llnwd.net/o16/video/olmk/holt/greenwald/NoPl... (pg 40/125)
Why the downvote here? The comment contributes to the conversation...
Could you provide direct citations or quotes of allied countries infiltrating our government or private infrastructure? Excluding Israel, because they have the same mindset as the NSA/CIA (in which case I also don't take issue with us hacking Israel).