One question that has been in the minds of people following the release of the Edward Snowden documents is when the revelations will finally come to an end and whether there are any major ones among those left. There have been hints by Snowden and Glenn Greenwald that some major revelation was in the offing and in an interview with GQ magazine, Greenwald provides some specific answers.
I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There’s a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I’m saving that. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicolored hues. This will be the finale, a big missing piece. Snowden knows about it and is excited about it.
Afterwards, there’ll be more to release—I made a promise to Snowden that we’d get as much of the archive out as possible—but I think the big media splashes will probably be over.
So it looks like around the first anniversary of the Snowden story blasting its way into the front pages will be when we can expect the fireworks display.
I can well imagine that the Obama administration and James Clapper and the top people at the NSA are having some urgent meetings wondering just what is going to be revealed and how they might counter it. It must be really galling for people who felt that they were the ones who knew everything and others had to guess what they knew to now having the roles reversed.