Monday wasn't a good day for Edward Snowden. Two different dispatches from the former-NSA-contractor-turned-Moscow-airport-resident were released in the space of an hour: a letter that was apparently delivered to President Rafael Correa of Ecuador, and a statement posted on the Wikileaks website.
This is one of many tricks by which the pro-Snowden clique has added a layer of audience-gripping drama to the story -- drama which helped to propel it into the national conversation. Snowden could be killed any day now, and Obama will pull the trigger! Engage rending of garments.
The latest episode in this saga involved a single-day troika of articles from The Washington Post. Evidently, Snowden was able to get his hands on a document called the Black Budget, which sounds like something Tyrion Lannister might draw up for the Westeros treasury. In reality, it's the entire budget for the intelligence community, which, until now, is classified top secret. The reason for the secrecy is obvious since very specific and detailed intelligence operations are listed, along with the cost of each, totaling $52.6 billion for fiscal year 2013.
Yesterday, Rand Paul explicitly endorsed the use of drones to kill American citizens who happen to be in the midst of committing a petty robbery. There's not a lot of gray area there. He supports the use of drones in most circumstances except when law enforcement wants to perv-out on citizens who are lounging in hot tubs.