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One consequence of the Snowden revelations is reduced trust in American companies. American communications and software security companies seem especially hit. The American government can force those companies to hand over confidential information to the NSA, everything necessary to use their equipment to spy on third parties wherever that kit is used. Unsurprisingly, their kit has become untrusted. For example, CISCO sales are significantly down, and they’re partially blaming the NSA leaks.

My employers specialise in software security. They are an American company. They’ve had to cut a significant proportion of their staff. Nothing’s been officially said, but it doesn’t take much to work out what’s going on.

Since I was among those made redundant, I think I can honestly claim to be a victim of Snowden and the NSA.