We do not war according to the flesh. -- 2 Corinthians 10:3
So we find that Mr. Snowden's Magic Bag 'o Security Secrets -- which he has maintained since the beginning to have stolen and leaked to various members of the press for the expressed purpose of triggering a public policy debate on domestic NSA surveillance and structural problems with the FISA court --
-- once again being mined for yet another headline-grabbing story that has nothing whatsoever to do with either of those goals:
To hunt Osama bin Laden, satellites watched over Abbottabad, Pakistan, and Navy SEALsBy Craig Whitlock and Barton Gellman, Thursday, August 29, 1:53 PM
The U.S. commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden was guided from space by a fleet of satellites, which aimed dozens of separate receivers over Pakistan to collect a torrent of electronic and signals intelligence as the mission unfolded, according to a top-secret U.S. intelligence document.The National Security Agency was also able to penetrate guarded communications among al-Qaeda operatives by tracking calls from mobile phones identified by specific calling patterns, the document shows. Analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency pinpointed the geographic location of one of the phones and tied it to the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where an accumulation of other evidence suggested bin Laden was hiding.The new disclosures about the hunt for bin Laden are contained in classified documents that detail this year’s “black budget” for U.S. intelligence agencies, including the NSA and CIA. The documents, provided to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, make only brief references to the bin Laden operation. But the mission is portrayed as a singular example of counter-terrorism cooperation among the U.S. government’s numerous intelligence agencies.
Sure, explaining this away as the Snowden Trove being mined for secrets about sources and methods that have nothing whatsoever to do with domestic NSA surveillance and structural problems with the FISA court is one theory...
But maybe, just maybe, this whole thing is one 'a them double-reverso, double-naught, false flag spy thingies where the United States government secretly leaked all of this information themselves just to tarnish Mr. Snowden's credibility and get his Russian эHarmony profile ruinously tagged as "radically inappropriate sharer" for decades to come.
In fact, did I say "maybe"? Screw that! Given my extensive knowledge of Jason Bourne movies, I would upgrade that to at least a 99.44% certainty that the US government contrived to slip this information to the Washington Post, and then -- using some sinister form of mind control about which I haven't a sliver of evidence but about which I will now speculate as if it were long-established fact -- induced the Post and all the reporters in involved in this story to lie about it.
Just...like they did...with The Independent!
How deep does the conspiracy go?!
Hell, someone at the NSA probably even wrote this Tweet just to make it look like Mr. Snowden was damn-fool enough to hand his trove of secrets off to people who may not necessarily be as highly and nobly focused on triggering a public policy debate on domestic NSA surveillance and structural problems with the FISA court as he is:
Snowden gave no instructions & has no role in story choices. He asked that I select for news & avoid damage. @freefree0bobbie @bobcesca_go— Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) August 29, 2013
Because it's just the sort of thing they'd do!