But, unless Glenn Greenwald is part of the "psyop", then this being a "psyop" would make Glenn a very gullible guy.
Having Snowden donate $500 to Dr. Paul's campaign--would that be part of the "psyop" too?
Anything is possible.
As far as these news agencies/state media reporting on this--they report just enough to gather in the readers and clicks (all about headlines and advertising dollars), but in a day or two they will immmediately return back to the demonizing portion of their script. They are no different than supermarket tabloids.