I was thinking about some of the recent chapters involving the sharingan and bijuu and Akatsuki and I was thinking back to the Kyuubi attack on Konoha. Many people have asked this question before. What was the Kyuubi doing before it attacked Konoha? Now I was thinking about how Sasuke used his L33T sharingan powers to suppress the Kyuubi and I thought back to Akatsuki recruiting Itachi. What if Akatsuki needed the power of the Mangekyou to get to wherever the Kyuubi was? Wouldn't it make sense that they goad Itachi into obtaining it and then recruit him? One possible idea I had with this is the Kyuubi was originall sealed by Uchiha Madara with a mega-L33T sharingan power and the Akatsuki discovered but couldn't do anything L33T enough to counter it. Then they thought about the source of the sealing and went back to Konoha to recruit Itachi. That would explain the relatinship of Kyuubi to Madara, explain why Akatsuki would get Itachi to murder his clan, AND explain what the Kyuubi was doing all the time before it attacked Konoha.