The ACLU filed amicus for the prosecution on Heller v. DC and McDonald v. Chicago.
Breaking that down for you--the ACLU was on the same side as the NRA for only two cases to reach the Supreme Court (of the US) since 1939.
Snowden gave the trove of files to The Guardian at least. The specific leaks, after the initial ones, are decided by Glenn Greenwald and not Snowden.
Whether Greenwald gave some stuff to the Independent or Snowden did that earlier is unknown.
But my guess would be the whole episode of the UK Gov't detaining Mr. Miranda and forcing The Guarding to shred some systems seriously pissed off the British Press. Releasing UK-specific material is most likely payback. Spreading it around to other papers is most likely a signal that "threaten the Guardian with prior restraint, you better be ready to shut down every paper in the UK".
GCHQ and Whitehall fucked up royally with that and they are now going to pay for threatening a major newspaper.
Just a guess, mind you.
It seems the strategy is as follows : DDoS the exchanges to drop the value, buy btc, then DDoS the mining pools to raise the value, sell btc. Slush's pool has been under attack for two days now. The value is also going up again since today.
As has btcguild, and others have told me other pools as well.
This is just my opinion, but I think that worked once, and now it is just undermining the value, stability, and legitimacy of bitcoin. I'm not saying it is (or that it is even likely,) but I wouldn't be surprised if it were eventually found that the current DDoS'ing is state sponsored due to all the attention it was suddenly getting.
It would take more than just insanity for me to want to move to the US, which is quickly becoming a 3rd world country.
I know this is hyperbole, but anyone who says this has never been to a 3rd world country.
That being said, I am sure we will continue to lead the continent in net crazy exports for the foreseeable future, even only if it is a product of population difference (as a ratio of sane/crazy.) I would imagine you would be hard pressed to say you have less crazy per capita than the US-- in the plains provinces at a minimum.
Then again, psychiatrists' fees are covered by provincial health plans, so I would be very hard pressed to say you are wrong...
The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud