Did Edward Snowden actually damage national security? There's no way in hell to tell from official documents released to the press—they've been thoroughly redacted to the point of uselessness.
Charles Stross has canceled the third book in his Halting State trilogy because reality has caught up to his near-future visions. Specifically, the NSA spying in Warcraft.
How did the National Security Administration sell Congress on its controversial spying program? Apparently by building a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise bridge and letting lawmakers sit in the big chair and "play Picard."