Suddenly, there is a big swirl of activity on the secretive Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks operative, confidente of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, who stayed close by Edward's side for those long, cold four months he was in Moscow, waiting to get asylum and get settled. Then she went to Berlin on Revolution Day, November 7, after arranging a meeting between leftist parliamentarians and Snowden, one of whom was the lawyer for the Red Army Faction in his day. She ostensibly couldn't return to London because she "knew too much."
Since that time, she's made herself scarce, although of course appearing at 30c3 to lovingly introduce Assange to the other chaos-makers, in tandem with Jacob Appelbaum.
Now, there seems to be a PR campaign to do several things:
o cut her loose from Assange, which of course, always has bad associations -- there is so much that is wrong with him, ranging from refusal to face the music on the rape questioning to having lured Snowden to his doom in Moscow to just being an all around asshole who instigated the largest hack of diplomatic documents in history and then engineered the largest hack of security files in history.
o make her appear independent of WikiLeaks the institution, which is basically a hollowed-out shell now run only by Assange's ego and his few loyal acolytes, including her and this fellow named Joseph we never hear from;
o make it appear that she is focused on larger issues but also loyal to Snowden
o make it appear that she is talented, dedicated, above reproach, etc.
So, a concerted PR campaign explains the sudden appearance of a highly positive fluff story on her in the Washington Post, which pre-empts anything bad about to be said of her.
Or anything bad about to happen, like, oh, you know, the sudden leakage of the entire Snowden stash (she could have a copy too, come to think of it, but somehow, I don't think so.)
There was also the DW invitation to her, which was scheduled, but scheduled recently:
She's announcing the creation of a Courage Foundation to do Snowden work. "Courage is contagious," you know. Barf. So is treason, evidently.
And as I said, there's this other development, which is the much-ballyhooed news that she in fact broke with Assange last year. This is discussed on Wikileaks support forum, which is actually critical of Assange. They have news that Harrison met with Daniel Domscheit-Berg and his wife -- Assange's enemies and that she has broken with Assange supposedly (I think it's quite possible she was just gathering intel).
I'm not steeped enough in Assange lore as PGPBoard is to understand all this, but I think it's possible she is "pre-positioning" herself in case the huge leakage by WikiLeaks of all of Snowden does huge damage to her rep -- unless she's pre-repaired it. Or some other development.
I have my doubts about her actual breakage, knowing how cadre movements run -- given that she lovingly introduced Assange at 30c3 last year, together with Appelbaum, and just now appeared with him on a summer school program.
Although that was scheduled a while ago.
Of course, she may continue to be supportive of him in public for the sake of "the movement" and actually have broken with him, but I have to wonder. Not sure what all this means, but the bottom line is: there is a lot of activity now to spin Sarah as a positive figure, doing good works, and even breaking with Assange, and I think that isn't happening in a vacuum. I think it's pre-emptive.
Watch this space.