The use of a faked Facebook server by the NSA to spread malware is the latest in a string of leaks from the Edward Snowden cache of NSA files that has led to senior Intelligence officials scrambling for ways to defuse another troubling revelation.
As documents continue to emerge at a steady rate, a pattern is now becoming clearer.
While much of the general public and international media accept the authenticity of the leaked documents, NSA officials and their national intelligence partners refuse to directly acknowledge their authenticity.
Yesterday, according to an article in The Intercept by Ryan Gallagher, one of the journalists working with the Snowden NSA files, public authorities again issued evasive responses not acknowledging any wrong doing.
Earlier, on February 24, The Intercept released a document from the NSA's British equivalent that contained slides of UFOs used for training covert operatives in on-line operations.
No explanation was given for why and how the UFO images were being used. Was this clear evidence that UFOs were known to be real interplanetary objects, or simply a convenient way of obfuscating other issues being discussed online?
This suggests that among NSA files yet to be released, there may be more relating to UFOs. This raises the intriguing possibility that one or more of the upcoming NASA file releases may make public official knowledge of extraterrestrial life, and a cover-up approved by senior national security officials in the U.S. and elsewhere.
This would lead to an indefinite period where the existence of alien life becomes widespread public knowledge, while senior officials give evasive responses that neither negate nor confirm the authenticity of the documents in question.
Here is how Gallagher summarized the NSA's response to the latest leak:
Essentially, the strategy being pursued by the NSA and its partners to leaks identifying its policies and practices is to respond with a "carefully worded non-denial denial."
In NSA or its partner responses - intelligence doublespeak to put it simply - there is neither direct acknowledgement nor disavowal of the authenticity of the leaked document.
It is then left to the public and mass media to draw their own conclusions and analyses from the documents.
The practice of not acknowledging leaked classified files is not surprising. Senior Intelligence Community officials in the U.S.A. generally take the position that until documents have been officially declassified, viewing or discussing them by any public official is a violation of standard security protocols that could lead to the revocation of one's security clearance and even criminal charges.
This creates problems for intelligence community workers who are officially not allowed to read classified material to which they have not been approved for access, even though it is appearing in the mass media.
When it comes to the issue of extraterrestrial life, there are other reasons why public officials would be reticent to publicly acknowledge the authenticity of any leaked NSA files.
If a government agency or corporation was to go on the record to being part of a decades long cover-up of extraterrestrial life, then they would be open to class action law suits to parties injured by such a cover up. In particular, individuals that have been directly involved in the UFO abduction phenomenon - hundreds of thousands according to some estimates - could now sue agencies, corporations and officials involved in such activities.
The threat of class action law suits is the Sword of Damocles hanging over the head of official extraterrestrial disclosure. That is probably the biggest reason why official disclosure won't be happening any time soon.
However, there may still be "public disclosure" in the form of "a non-denial denial" as Gallagher describes the now familiar response by the NSA and its partners to the Snowden document leaks.
Consequently, we may very soon witness the following scenario. Future document releases from the Snowden cache of NSA files, or some other whistleblower source, reveal unambiguously that extraterrestrial life exists and that official agencies have been cooperating in covering this up.
The NSA and its partner agencies issue the now familiar response to past leaks that neither acknowledges a document's authenticity nor refutes it. To put it simply, we would have public disclosure of alien life through leaked official documents, yet there would be no "official disclosure" acknowledging this.
An intriguing possibility by all means, but certainly something that may well happen, and could last for an indefinite period of time.