Well, I assume that we have each independently ruled out a sudden Dostoyevskian confessional impulse--praise be to Allah or moolah, depending.
Of course Clapper does not need until June to redact 28 pages, and of course 28 pages is far from the total of any information that 17 agencies of undercover bogeys have produced about what had to be in some sense an inside job. He has to be checking with his people, granting time for removals and deals--and the fact that this is announced in public makes it real to people up and down supply and command chains, and the fact that the redaction is not announced in detail in public means that it is under negotiation. They did not believe it before.
That leaves some questions.
In the category of Answers, let's register that the Family Saud, hobbers and nobbers with the Family Bush, has been announced to have made substantial threats against such release. That is a major confession.
This is a strange play in a year or so of very strange plays. I won't pretend to know what's up, but something under the boat is rocking hard. The grand plan up until now has been a barrage of Disney Aesop in which every moral is "Go shopping." We don't need to pretend that we shall get "the truth," but a US|Saudi rift changes propaganda strategy for big players in ways that suggest high stakes.
And, speaking of high stakes, we have a war in Syria with Americans and Russians firing on the same battlefield and CIA-Saudi-funded factions shooting at one another, apparently on purpose. And now there is at least an advertised rift between US spooks and Saudis. Are the Saudis being punished for refusing to walk in front of one or another cannon? Is the Democratic Finance Mob making a play against the Republican Oil Mob--as though the affiliations where to be anywhere near that simple?
At the same time, we have a US election in which major Republican factions have come out against the leading Republican candidate. Trump's an ass, of course, but when has that triggered a Republican reaction before? And we have Joe Biden apparently trying to cozy up to Bernie Sanders. Whatever that is, it's not ideological admiration.
A prominent feature of sliding banana republics has always been turf wars between mafia factions in government, counting CIA black ops and similar hoodoos as a subtype of organized crime. It may be a regular or even inevitable feature of false democracies under neoliberal rule. It has climbed right up from South and Central America into Mexico in a big way, far bigger than the news we get of it in the US. A healthy capital growth picture for those businesses would suggest that squeezing the US tighter is next, and of course the penetration was already accomplished long in advance: after all, the US is where the biggest bogeys have come from since Germany and England hammered each other half to toothpicks.
There are just motivations for not fouling one's own nest too drastically. But here it looks like someone is willing to put up with a good deal more fouling than has been the habit.
Any idea what gives here? Anyone?