Try to remember everyone who was present during that last lounge call…
At the time there was not enough information available to make a strong case against what was going on.
Of the people who came forth with useful and actionable intel. It became clear that a lot of us were involved in moderating the social channels of the community, helping with meetups, etc.
It should not surprise you that this is not a comfortable situation to be in when you plan to release information like that.
And yes there were concerns of anything leaking prematurely… Or even worse, wrong information being leaked to create FUD.
There was fear of CF pushing back and shutting it all down before we were ready to release, and we desperately needed time to investigate without setting of too much alarms.
There is no “elite” group, only people who have volunteered over 13 months, days and nights (without renumeration) in their lives to help grow Cardano.
The stakes were high enough for those people to proceed with the open letter, they were the only ones willing to work even more hours on top of everything they already do for our community and on top of their regular jobs.
I feel they deserve better than to be called an elite group. Their names are on the petition and they are not superior to anyone from the community. But they did stick their necks out, for you and everyone else.
Great question btw!