Irony of the NSA debacle — did Obama need Snowden to tell him that U.S. spies are bugging world’s top leaders?

By Steven Hill, ORF (Austrian public broadcasting), October 30, 2013

Political analyst Steven Hill gives his views to Austrian public radio (ORF) on the the implications of an out-of-control  intelligence agency (NSA) apparently working outside government oversight, and the irony that it may have been Edward Snowden’s revelations that alerted President Obama to what his own agencies are up to (scroll down on the page to “The irony of the NSA debacle”)

Steven Hill

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Steven Hill is a political writer whose latest books are "Expand Social Security Now: How to Ensure Americans Get the Retirement They Deserve" ( and "Raw Deal: How the 'Uber Economy' and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" ( His previous books include "Europe's Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age" and "10 Steps to Repair American Democracy." Follow him at and on Twitter @StevenHill1776