But there's been increasing news snips about "fighting for more transprency" at all levels of news.
I'd liken those more to side games right now.
I also think that very shortly something major
is going to break. I'd be very surprised if Snowden and the US (with the help of Russia as go-between) aren't negotiating something via the back channel right now.
Or as Carrol put it:
I sent a message to the fish;
I told them "This is what I wish"
The little fishes of the sea,
They sent an answer back to me,
The little fishes' answer was
We cannot do it, Sir, because ...
I sent to them again to say
It will be better to obey.
The fishes answered with a grin,
'Why, what a temper you are in!'
I told them once, I told them twice;
They would not listen to advice.
I took a kettle large and new,
Fit for the deed I had to do.
My heart went hop, my heart went thump;
I filled the kettle at the pump.
Then someone came to me and said,
The little fishes are in bed.
I said to him, I said it plain,
'Then you must wake them up again'
I said it very loud and clear;
I went and shouted in his ear.
But he was very stiff and proud;
He said, 'You mustn't shout so loud.'
And he was very proud and stiff;
He said, 'I'd go and wake them, if ...'
I took a corkscrew from the shelf;
I went to wake them up myself.
And when I found the door was locked,
I pulled and pushed and kicked and knocked.
And when I found the door was shut,
I tried to turn the handle, but.......
I say this because it's all too quiet on the public channels. The open threats have failed. As have the bluffs, spin control, threats of economic sanctions, Olympic boycotting, and diplomatic arm-twisting. Domestic popular support is dwindling for the administration. And international anger and lack of cooperation is increasingly apparent.
So now it's time to save face and work something out that everybody can semi-live with.
As many have pointed out, the damage to the secrecy of what's been going on has been done. Cat's out of the bag big time. Now that most of the moves to trigger political and social action have been played the only thing remaining is Snowden's deadman switch - which supposedly is the only thing left guarding the rest of his datacache.
Looks like something really serious is lurking in there, and the government knows it. Because they've had more than sufficient time by now to determine exactly what information Snowden has in his possession.
Good chance Snowden has already sent them a copy just to prove he has it. Because all discussion of how much information plus the number of documents he took has disappeared from the official announcements. Which seems to indicate he really has something BIG that the current administration does not want anybody to see - or even be aware of.
Snowden apparently also has enough documented technical expertise to make his threatened scorched earth option credible because (at least so far) the US hasn't tried anything too physical.
Be interesting to see who will end up laying down their king in the end.