Sounds almost like they are going for the sympathy vote? Either that or this is the abort option, with Russell taking the fall as their scapegoat. I donno, honestly I dont know what to believe anymore about this whole mess.
On a side note, did anyone notice the quote in the second last paragraph..
"... hundreds and thousands of propaganda
- posters, stickers, buttons, t-shirts, that we are putting in boxes ..."
Kind of a poor choice of words given the context... I think they might of ment paraphernalia? freudian slip perhaps?..