Ah, the power of words. From this headline you would think that Edward Snowden was directly responsible for the damage done to US technology businesses. What a brilliant master criminal. Because? Because businesses (especially foreign businesses) are wary of companies who leave the door open for the NSA to come snooping around. Or give the NSA the keys to the house. Or throw the stuff into the back of the NSA truck parked in the driveway. So to speak. It’s all in how you phrase it, right? The Wall Street Journal has a certain Murdochian perspective on this. A somewhat more objective news organization might have titled the article, “Study Confirms: Discovery of NSA Spying Hurt U.S. Companies”.
And that’s the difference.