When Bonneau learned that he has won the award from the NSA, he considered turning it down. However, he ultimately decided upon accepting as a way to potentially bridge academic gaps with the NSA, as a means of opening up at least one avenue into the organization that has been mostly closed.
That's a flawed strategy on many levels since it presumes the other side is both rational and genuinely willing to negotiate.
The NSA is neither.
You'd think somebody as bright as Bonneau would have figured that out on his own. Or maybe he did
, but still decided to take the opportunity to enhance his curriculum vitae
rather than stand behind his own political philosophy?
Dunno. I think it's just another example of how "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."