deconfliction (3458895) writes "Edward Snowden has accused the NSA of government sanctioned industrial espionage in conjunction with the unconstitutional spying on US citizens it has been doing. That seems an inverted way of doing things--in the United States, the government is generally thought to be a police force preventing criminals from profiting from other's private unpublished intellectual property. If further hard evidence comes to light proving that the NSA has incalculably harmed U.S. businesspeople's financial bottom line in connection with its unconstitutional domestic spying dragnets, it begs the question- What Does The NSA Deserve? I tend to think the NSA's crimes against the constitution should be prosecuted immediately, so that Snowden can begin to have a chance to see proper justice ASAP. But even assuming that pipe dream were to come to pass, and with a conviction no less, it then begs the much more complicated question- How can members of the computer and network security industry ever be properly compensated for the damage the NSA did to their careers and businesses? And please consider Snowden's career and Lavabit/SilentCircle's business the exceptional case, while considering the more general case of those whose careers were stunted because it served the NSA's interests to disinform the public — and thus our capitalistic base of investors — about fundamental issues in computer science and security?"