I see this just the opposite. By creating a digital version of the classic rangefinder, Leica are extending and expanding the classic Leica image, and can generate a revenue stream that can help support the film based cameras they still produce. It also helps ensure the continued availability of great Leica lenses. Plenty of working photographers "have" to use digital because their clients demand it, so to get work, you have to do what the client wants.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-digital by any means, I simply think this camera wasn't the right way for Leica to go and sincerely hope that it wasn't too costly to their reputation and their finances. I do wish them well and if their next DRF were to my liking, I would consider it.