Mr Snowdo Baggins is of course the ringbearer. The ring is a keyring. The key is an encryption key to an encrypted hard drive with information oh so coveted by the burning Eye of Barad Dûr.
So why is Assamwise Gamgee – mr Snowdos loyal helper – important?
Let me quote the science fiction author Bruce Sterling:
It’s incredible to me that, among the eight zillion civil society groups on the planet that hate and fear spooks and police spies, not one of them could offer Snowden one shred of practical help, except for Wikileaks. This valiant service came from Julian Assange, a dude who can’t even pack his own suitcase without having a fit.
From the article The Equadorian Library by Bruce Sterling