You kind of have to admire the Sponsors for their beliefs. Feeling that in today's media culture, a frequent asylum flier, Islamic U.S. soldier, scam artist, wife killer, and single mother could all ascend into positions of power? Now that's a strong belief system. And one which has never heard of FOX News. (Not sure how they're going to promote the legally dead woman.)
So thus perishes Tom. And does so in such a way as to give Joe a tiny amount of trust back with the group -- which immediately leads into the 'was Tom's death set up to get Joe's credibility back?' Wheels within wheels, none of which necessarily have all their gear teeth intermeshing.
My stalking horse theory for Renbe feels like it's starting to bear fruit. 'There's only one person who can help you. I know exactly where she is. And yet my group cannot shut her down. Amazing how that works, isn't it?' Get caught by one party, freed by another -- he's walking in the borders of a shadow play. Don't think about the fact that you keep getting miraculously saved -- just keep moving and never ask who's arranging the miracle.
And as usual for a worldwide all-controlling conspiracy, I have just one question. 'So the giant mess was intentional?'
Note that the files seem to contain accurate information, not lies designed to set them against each other. Maybe the need here is for each person to come with built-in blackmail material.