Tom DeLonge has a documentary project called Sekret Machines, so it is probably less about losing your mind and more about making money. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Do we really think Jacob was the target and not the Tor project? He is just the vehicle. The target is obviously the project. It is a very effective attack against an otherwise difficult adversary.
Here's some Sun Tzu to think about.
When strong, avoid them. If of high morale, depress them. Seem humble to fill them with conceit. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.
Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.
Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.