Interesting NSA article on the Economist.
I honestly didn't see public opinion going this way but the Economist is a pretty authoritative voice. It certainly is a classically liberal publication but it isn't left of centre like the New York Times. It can be pretty hawkish at times and to see such an post probably means there is a a serious editorial discussion going on at the Economist.
Anywhoo fairly convincing post and it doesn't quite seem as outlandish as it did.