Comment: The alternative is worse ...

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The alternative is worse ...

and I think you missed a few things.

My guess is that Snowden has buried (literally buried in the ground) a few extra copies of his data.

And if not happy ... boom.

Additionally, I think the trickle keeps the subject in the headlines longer. Yes, there is a profit motive, but it also abets the altruistic motive.

You write as if profit is a bad thing.

Or as if propaganda is a bad thing.

No motive is a bad thing unless it comes from government. And when it comes from government all motives are bad even despite an angelic intention. And it isn't because it simply came from government, ... but because government has the power of force.

God Bless.