Saturday, April 23, 2011

INSIDE WIKILEAKS

Imagine Sergey Brin and Larry Page, founders of Google, not as distributors of mass information, but only of classified information.  Now imagine, drunk on power and controversy, and after revealing military intelligence documents, diplomatic cables, operations handbooks, secret Scientology beliefs, and Sarah Palin's private emails, one of them has a falling out and writes an embittered tell-all book on the other while planning a competing site (called OpenLeaks.)  There you have the synopsis of INSIDE WIKILEAKS by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, narrated on audio by Erik Davies with studious diligence to documentary tone.  What is absolutely true about the relationships here we have little way of knowing, except that the founder of of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is "a cad." But it is an fascinating read or listen.  One notable "reveal" by these hackers and whistleblowers is that they welcomed lawsuits and threats, which tended to validate what they were posting.  (Naturally the Pentagon is angry over whistleblowers, as are many embarrassed governments, as the dust bunnies surface...and then prance up various nostrils.) 



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