... The idiocy swoops 'round again.
Remember the Snowden files? Or was that all year-and-a-half-ago?
And the NSA was snooping on Angela Merkel? And this was a great scandal? (C'mon, spying on foreigners is what spy agencies are supposed to do. Leaking information on which foreigners are being spied on is a bad move, though, especially when they're heads of allied governments.)
Anyway: seems the spying-on-Merkel thing may have been a fabrication.
And what did I say, way back in June of last year?
Now, let's consider the Snowden Files. They're computer documents, released to the public by a person of dubious reputation. They look official... but how many among us know what actual official NSA documents look like, and would comment on the matter in public? And how many of those could verify the actual authenticity of the documents, or even the plausibility of the content, even in general terms?
Right. Hardly anyone.
But! We now have metadata. Specifically: various government departments have been sending forth directives cautioning their employees not to look at the classified documents (or not to do so on government networks reserved for unclassified material).
And now the Germans are telling us that at least one of these totally authentic documents over which the government went into such a tizzy... was a forgery.
So, is the German prosecutor doing the cover-up that our own government forgot how to do? Or is our government so incompetent that it can't even tell that a document dump is fake, and it took this long and a foreign official to figure it out?