Is Edward Snowden a disinformation agent? What would be the motive? Could it be a test to study our reaction when confronted with the fact the NSA is actually spying on Americans? Maybe they knew it was going to come out eventually and wanted to control the leak? Or frighten everyone into submission to put a chilling effect on what we say and do online? Ease us into the truth before they trash the Bill of Rights? I'm revisiting a year old conspiracy I thought was total bunk when I first heard the idea but now it seems somewhat believable.
Remember the NSA not only listens in on conversations and stores everything we do online but they also filter, analyze, measure and interpret data much like what a corporate marketeer would do. It's basic data mining to study trends. It would be the most accurate type of poll ever conceived in human history. So they could have easily studied what most people thought about the NSA itself, our reaction to total surveillance or whether or not we even cared.
My gut feeling is most people in the US probably already took for granted the NSA was spying on them to begin with. They would fully know it wouldn't be much of a risk for Edward Snowden to come out and tell the truth (the rest of the world has always known because that's been the NSA's job all along). But for the US population they probably already calculated the psychology behind the leak and possible reaction most people would have AND predicted the outcome. You can do a whole hell of a lot with that much data. It's understanding group psychology on a mass scale and knowing how far they can put their dick in our ass.
'Now that the dust has settled after the Edward Snowden affair, it’s time to ask some tough questions about The Guardian’s scoop of the week. Snowden’s story is that he dropped a $200,000 a year job and a (very attractive) girlfriend in Hawaii for a life in hiding in Hong Kong in order to expose the evils of the NSA's Prism programme. But bits of the story are now being questioned.' (The Telegraph article).