My vacation from writing (and reading) has been pleasant. I've taken this opportunity to engage in some personal growth -- by which I mean pizza and ice cream and a need to buy new pants.
Alas, a new story forces a return to blogging. A story about war. Or at least, rumors of war.
has issued cryptic promises/warnings that all of the remaining Snowden documents will be released very soon. However, the people behind Cryptome insist that they will not be the ones
publishing this material, although they will "aid and abet"
What does that
mean? I'm not sure.
Moreover, Cryptome says that the documents are coming out in order to prevent a war that is being planned for later this month. See here
July is when war begins unless headed off by Snowden full release of crippling intel. After war begins not a chance of release.
Not a chance of release? By anyone? Anywhere in the world? Uhhhh....just what kind of war are we talking
Also see here
Only way war can be avoided. Warmongerers are on a rampage. So, yes, citizens holding Snowden docs will do the right thing.
@Cryptomeorg Looks like a military build-up is planned for the Asia Pacific. Page 3, paragraph 2.
Is this a stunt? Cryptome isn't known for leg-pulls and mind-screws. So what the hell is going on?
As you will recall, Glenn Greenwald has claimed for a while that he was saving the most important Snowden-related story for last. He was all set to publish something big yesterday but backed down at the last moment
After 3 months working on our story, USG today suddenly began making new last-minute claims which we intend to investigate before publishing
Naturally, these words are being interpreted in the worst possible way by Greenwald's enemies on the left (some of whom, I am convinced, are ratfuckers working for the intel community). Very likely, he was told that the planned revelation could place lives in danger. Those who voiced outrage over the outing of Valerie Plame/Wilson have no standing to criticize Greenwald's caution now.
But what's all this about a possible war?
So far, Obama's great saving grace has been his avoidance of new military engagements. Of course, forces within the intelligence community could have hopes of forcing Obama into a fight he does not want. (See: Allen Dulles and the Bay of Pigs.)
Where would such a war be fought, and what would be the casus belli?
The semi-mysterious Mint News
Something transparency advocates are particularly excited about regarding the release of these documents is that the documents reportedly contain information that has been described as being powerful enough to prevent a war by creating public distrust toward government and their respective intelligence communities.
Cryptome founder John Young has said that the war that could potentially be stopped by the documents is related to the expansion of the war on terror, but there is no clear indication of how these documents would prevent such a war or which countries would be involved.
How do we put all this together? Here are the main clues: 1. The alleged war seems to be related to the war on terror, and 2. it can be prevented by public "distrust" of the intel community.
It seems reasonable to suspect that we're talking about a possible staged terrorist event.
If so, then planning must have started some time ago. Yet none of the heretofore released Snowden documents speak of specific
covert actions. So far, the documents have given general descriptions of the NSA's capabilities -- and that's very different. A covert op designed to gin up a war is not the sort of thing that is normally within the NSA's purview.
Alternative scenario: Let us presume that Cryptome is correct -- that there is a big war in the offing. (I do not
consider this a safe presumption, but let's play with the idea nonetheless.) Perhaps the upcoming Snowden release does not pertain directly to the casus belli. However, perhaps Crytome (or someone else) believes that the information in this final release may be so explosive as to demolish the American government's credibility.
I note that Greenwald isn't hinting at any big war. So how did the folks at Cryptome learn of such a thing? From a source? From documents? Or is this war talk just surmise?
Aside from Greenwald, who has the documents?