I understand your point and agree completely.
I think the tapes might be a little like Dubya/Dan Rather’s type-font moment —that **freeps or people like them** will have to be the ones that do the investigating.
Journalists are like jihadi dead-enders to their cause —they’ll NEVER do their jobs.
They’re ideologues to the very last.
On the other hand... I think he had the sense to have them someplace safe.
I think the Big...etc brand will survive.
It will be ironic if his death brings more attention to the material when it’s finally released.
Then we should stop humoring them by posting their articles and linking to their websites. It should be a rule of thumb that, if an article does not contain useful information, there is no point in posting it. Flowery, heartfelt words might make the writer feel better and relieve some sense of obligation to pay tribute, but they do nothing for me.