The careful timing of the Snowden revelations

The revelations from the Snowden documents have been coming out slowly and as an analyst said on NPR, this is having a far greater impact than if they had been dumped all at once. Observers have noticed that the releases tend to coincide with important events where the people and agenda affected by the release are in the news.

The Daily Show comments on the awkward timing of the revelations from the Snowden documents that seem to surface just around the time when they cause the most damage. It is clear that this is not an accident and that this is a deliberate strategy to maximize the impact.

(This clip aired on October 24, 2013. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post.)


  1. says

    This was good, but I didn’t like the segment which I think came next, in which he basically descends into “You other countries shouldn’t be too quick to criticize since your country’s done bad things, too.” I don’t think the studio audience cared for it, either.

  2. Glenn says

    I have problems with the ideological pendulum model of political left-right movement, preferring to use the Tug O’ War as a more accurate metaphor. He who watches the pendulum becomes hypnotized, stops tugging and gets pulled into the mud.

    But I like the idea of applying force to the pendulum at just the right time to force a faster, higher swinging motion.

    Don’t continually force the right moving pendulum. Wait until a little left movement lets you accelerate and add to the kinetic energy.

  3. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says


    No getting away from it.

    Revelations delayed, how many denied?

    Who knows?

    How much were not told.

    How much we don’t know.

    Who knows?

    Not I.

  4. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    What we can we do about it?

    What can we realistically change?

    Sweet sod all I’d guess.

    It shits me.

    But what, daphuc can we do?

    Whazza point??!

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