If it doesn't matter whether the rumor is true or false, then one can omit it just as well as include it.
One reason that I object to printing unsubstantiated rumors is that it reduces the credibility and impact of truths. NSA did indeed block distribution of crypto in the 1990's through means both legal (export regs, Clipper chip) and shady (pressuring Netscape and Cisco to cripple security products), and in fact they were still doing it as recently as 2007 when they pressured Sun (without any legal justification that I can see) to omit the crypto accelerator from the GPL'ed source code of the UltraSparc T2.
These things matter to me! I don't want people to be complacent or ignorant of a powerful, shadowy, ill-regulated organization interfering with freedom of speech, freedom of commerce, and democracy! Accusing them of things without evidence only serves to inure people to their real offences.
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