Microsoft's engineers have quietly designed a system to comply with government orders, which manages to avoid having a surveillance device implanted on a internal network. (Microsoft declined to comment for this article.)
One case that used it arose out of a probe into illegal drug sales in Philadelphia. As part of that investigation, the government obtained a court order for a real-time wiretap against a Hotmail account.
The more we figure out and find out, the more Snowden keeps getting vindicated. And, the more his detractors ignore it.
Anyway, I enjoyed the picture of the Russian protestors in the central Moscow rally who support Snowden.