[SPOILERS for 397 and later] About Itachi's mission...
I know a lot of people were surprised to learn that Itachi went on a Uchiha killing spree on a MISSION from the Leaf. I know I would've been. But here's the thing: I could've sworn that I heard that as a "spoiler" a long, long time ago, back before we even had an inkling of Madara's existence or relevance to the plot, on this very forum. Someone had written, as a reply to a discussion (whose subject I forget), that Itachi had killed on Leaf orders and Sandaime knew about it. Of course, I immediately scoffed at the idea, but it did stay in the back of my mind for a while, so that when I read it in the past few issues, I didn't get the shock that so many did.
So what I'm wondering is this:
1) Does anyone else remember reading something similar on this forum?
2) How would the person who posted that even know something so early on with so little, if anything, to go on? Did Kishimoto say something in some obscure interview or something? Do we have a member of Kishimoto's team as a forum member (who happens to be fluent at writing English)? Is the poster freaking clairvoyant?