Even if he is not currently aware of maidsafe’s work (which I doubt given his areas of interest and expertise) he will certainly become aware of it soon after launch. As will many other people with some celebrity to help get the message out. I think there are probably quite a few folks waiting quietly in the wings. I did the same as you and messaged a few people over the last year. Roger Ver actually got back to me and wanted to know more, but there was/is no point in coming out in support of something that still isn’t functioning and available to use yet.
I think most know that it would do more harm than good to make a song and dance about the implications of SAFE until after it has launched and proved itself in the wild.
That day can’t come soon enough. I’m bursting to scream it from the rooftops lol. And I will be doing just that when it sets sail!
Tbh I don’t think he should really even have said what he did knowing how his words will be poured over by the intelligence community… better not even allude to things like this if you’re in his position imo. The last thing we want is someone on the inside having a light bulb moment and realising what these decentralised internet projects are trying to do and what it would mean for their world if they succeed.