That is not meant as a compliment, but some people might take it as one anyway.
To answer Allahpundit’s question somewhat:
Exit question for Russia experts: Would a population whose adults grew up in the Soviet Union really be that sensitive to revelations that they’re being spied on en masse by Moscow? Don’t they assume they’re being spied on already and that Putin’s lying to them, just as their leaders always have?
…the thing of it here is that the Russians almost certainly know that they’re being spied on; what is not happening is that they’re not being informed on. As I understand it, you can sit around your table – or at a bar – and spout off all you like about how much the country and Putin sucks – and you’ll be back at the table or the bar the next day*. It is a measure of the utter damnation of Soviet Communism as a concept that gaining the ability to effectively safely speak your mind (as long as it’s not where potentially the whole country can hear you) can be seen as a quantum leap in freedom of expression, but I don’t have control over the past.
*Unless you’re a journalist. Then you’re pretty much [expletive deleted].