2) The Intelligence community is simply saying, fuck you we can do whatever we want because no one will stop us.
I think you've got it right there. They believe they have the capability and are going to use it whatever anyone says. Spies are in the business of manipulating others and have no regard to what anyone thinks of them doing so. It's the sort of psychopathic behaviour that will brazen everything out right up until someone takes their toys away.
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