In the past five months, the world has become aware of how much power some governments possess to spy on individuals and heads of state alike. The most important revelations have come from the now-ubiquitous Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald in The Guardian.
Greenwald has been painting a narrative of a United States intelligence community run amok, a shadow government that created a panopticon through which it can spy on the whole world. His story has focused on the National Security Agency’s transition from monitoring foreign communications to monitoring the domestic population en masse. This has been a critical revelation, one that will shape the future of democracy around the world – but it is only half the story.