Psssst Did You Know? At This Rate It Would Take 26 More Years to Release All Snowden Documents

I just finished reading a very telling post at my favorite site Cryptome. Don’t worry, it is not a lengthy article. In fact, it hits you with a few short sentences and numbers to go along with them. Here it is:

Out of reported 15,000 pages, The Guardian has published 192 pages in fourteen releases over four months, an average of 48 pages per month, or 1.28% of the total. At this rate it will take 26 years for full release.

Isn’t it amazing? All the shenanigans, all the risk-taking, all that and more, and here we are, all we’ve got out of 15,000 leaked pages is some 192-page incremental reporting. And that is mixed with another fact: The effect and impact of the leak has been diminishing steadily but rapidly. People are yawning. The star reporters are extremely busy signing lucrative seven-figure contracts for books and movies-some even milking their media interviews for dollar sums. Let’s cash in while we can, bros!!

Anyhow, the Cryptome report also includes the following, which puts this entire deal into a better perspective. By the time the yawn-inducing leak is completed, meaning, we have the entire 15,000 pages:

Edward Snowden will be 56 years old.

Glenn Greenwald will be 72.

Laura Poitras will be 75.

Alan Rusbridger will be 86.

Barton Gellman will be 78.

Julian Assange will be 68.

Chelsea Manning will be 52.

Keith Alexander will be 88.

Barack Obama will be 78.

Daniel Ellsberg will be 108.

This author will be 103.

All right. Now it is your turn. How old will you be when the mainstream is done with releasing the by then outdated, pickled, and no longer relevant documents?

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  1. Good point Sibel. I notice Wikileaks has not been getting much business lately. Maybe Greenwald should donate to the cause, and feed them some leaks. They at least have a very professional way to assess the information. I guess the alternative is for Snowden and associates to put it out to Asia Times and get a more international readership.

  2. Well, they could have published everything at once I guess. Let’s see, what would have happened then? First, they’d have sacrificed moral and political legitimacy by opening themselves up to the valid criticism that they didn’t carefully vet what was being released. Second, they’d have lost the element of setting a trap: allowing the government to lie, and then releasing more stuff to expose the lies. Third, the whole thing would have been well out of the news cycle by now and in the ancient history bin.

    Sound like a better strategy so far?

    I mean, I think you’re right that people are a bit numb to it now. But people are ridiculous, stupid sheep, no matter what you do. I think there’s a lot to be said for the value of getting this stuff out like a drumbeat, keeping it in the headlines over time, letting it seep into the collective unconscious. Any strategy is debatable and this one can certainly be second-guessed as well. But I don’t think it’s an evil or stupid decision.

    Is The Guardian milking it intentionally to sell newspapers and advertising? Yeah, of course. Will Greenwald profit from his book deal? Presumably.

    So what? So much nonsense gets sold out there, on the rare occasions somebody finds a way to gain by something that’s actually in the public interest, I say: fantastic. Do it more.

  3. msannanola says:

    The TV show the good wife last night demonstrated with great aplomb how the government presents secret evidence in a SKIF as well as how the NSA likely stretches its secret warrants to the very limit. They had the NSA looking into a law firm that had contact with a person of interest for two years then to stretch that warrant even further to other people. So the wife was under surveillance because of her client, then they used conversations between a teenager and his Somali immigrant girlfriend to extend the warrant on the wife to the whole household including the governor elect.

    It really showed how twisted this all is and how easily perfectly innocent contact between people.

  4. Sweet Sibel, thou shalt not be 103! I peg thee at a mere 69-70. Moi?–99.
    Of course , we’ll all be lucky if 10% of us survive what this poor author sees coming within the next five years! ‘Nuff said.

  5. I would be 57 years of age by that time… yawn indeed.

    Speaking of Wikileaks… I recently came across some disturbing information which suggests that Wikileaks is a CIA conduit… this quite frankly shocked me to read. In fact, upon digging further I found that more than one source makes this claim; cryptome being one of them and being another. These are two sources that I’ve come to find are quite reliable as far as honesty goes.


  6. mariotrevi says:

    I think in the UK there’s Government pressure against publishing too much: a blog named after Guy Fawkes, with web pages titled: “Guy Fawkes’ blog of parliamentary plots, rumours and conspiracy” [the title is at the very top of the browser window] said that the BBC had received a D-notice, meaning a Defence Advisory Notice about the Snowden files.

    Generally speaking, Power will go to a “fallback” position when the public outcry or outrage is “too much to bear”. For example, after the “Prise de la Bastille” on July 14, 1789 the “fallback solution” was that King Louis for about 4 years was in a system of Constitutional Monarchy and had some residual “privileges”. So, with the Snowden files, perhaps more would happen with greater public outrage — which is not to say that the Snowden files weren’t a “Game-Changer” of sorts.

    For my part, I like to read old news, meaning usually events and facts that got little press coverage around the time they happened. I can recommend the following books, to browse through Amazon, Google Books or to purchase:

    (a) by Cheri Seymour: “The Last Circle: Danny Casolaro’s Investigation into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal”. Episodes 209 and 210 of The Corbett Report were about Casolaros’s “Octopus” investigation and a free dowload.

    (b) by Irish investigative author Gordon Thomas and co-author Martin Dillon: “Robert Maxwell, Israel’s Superspy: The Life and Murder Of a Media Mogul”. [ Note: the 50 pages I read for free at Amazon make this a premier historical biography, probably.]

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