...carrying a cargo that will never reach any port. And as long as I'm alive, that ship will always be at sea, so to speak."From The Daily Beast:
-- Mitch McDeere, 'The Firm'
Given Mr. Snowden's situation, I can't say I blame him for taking out a little insurance....Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian Newspaper journalist Snowden first contacted in February, told the Daily Beast Tuesday that Snowden “has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published.” Greenwald added that the people in possession of these files “cannot access them yet because they are highly encrypted and they do not have the passwords.” But, Greenwald said, “if anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives.”
However it's one thing to quietly inform the owners of your stolen secrets that if they start dicking with you, your friends will run their panties up the flag pole -- a survival necessity perhaps, but, as Kaspar Gutman notes in The Maltese Falcon, a situation that calls for the most delicate judgment on both sides.
'Cause as you know, sir, in the heat of action men are likely to forget where their best interests lie and let their emotions carry them away.
But the world is also full of people who would be delighted to see that ship come in to port, so to speak. Thrilled to death to see this situation to go wildly tits up, which is why it is an altogether different and jaw-droppingly stupid thing to loudly announce via the world press that if any country or faction or war lord or cartel kingpin or terrorist organization or highly-motivated anti-gummint nutjob on Earth wants to see the United States humiliated and its most intimate secrets splashed all over the media, all they have to do is kill one guy.
It's why they call it Dead Man's Switch, cowboy, so for the love of Mike, please shut the fuck up long enough to build yourself a fortress of lawyers and stop letting Mr. Greenwald filter whatever it is you are trying say through the swamp of his grudges and agendas and gargantuan ego.