So he's passing on what his contacts are saying, probably based on the "We'll have them uploaded midday Tuesday", to Kylie's "maybe tomorrow" to Derek's "They are still on the Soyuz, a week away".
That would raise alarm bells, so you can see where the rumor's come from, but accroding to Mr Hassmann they are secure, which is the main thing.
It'd be interesting to know why they decided against uploading them at the landing site, why Paolo left the cards on the Soyuz, and why they can't even upload them for a week. Something changed, and the way they are downplaying potentially the most iconic images ever is strange.
Was uploading at the site ever official? When I was watching the press conferences prior to the event there were questions asked about the procedure. The only thing I remember them saying was "we're still in discussion with our Russian colleagues.", which seemed strange given how close they were to doing it.
Rob Navias listed the "downloaded at the site" procedure about four times during the event.
The pressers also noted it would be Tuesday midday or afternoon for them to be then turned around on to NASA.gov
Yesterday's MSB asked PAO Kylie Clem what the status was, she said maybe tomorrow (Wednesday) given the work it takes to turn publish the images.
Marcia Dunn asked if there would be a press release announcing them as they are uploaded (the expected fanfare) and where about they would be on the site.
Kylie only said "they will be on www.nasa.gov
" as a short response.
Then Jim Oberg notes his contacts saying what he posted.
Now we have Mr Hassmann prepared for the question, saying they are still on the Soyuz (so Paolo didn't even keep them on him), and they wouldn't be touched until they arrive in Moscow, adding they will be available in a week.
So, good, they are safe, but I think the way the plan keeps changing is confusing and it sounds like the Russians have guzumped NASA's aforementioned plans, leading to the concerns raised (thankfully not accurate) but sadly meaning there's no rush to get these turned around and all I'm interested in is public impact. A BOOM of "check these images out, OMG!!" and that's being diluted all the time, imho.