Posted by Brad @ 1:38 pm on June 18th 2010

The Strange Case of the WikiLeaks Arrest

Glenn Greenwald digs deep on the story of PFC Bradley Manning being arrested for leaking to WikiLeaks, and in particular he hones in on hacker-self-promoted Adrian Lamo, and the enabling role of Wired and Kevin Poulsen. This is really really specific journalism, but worth the read, I think.

Any rational person would have to acknowledge that government secrecy in rare cases is justifiable and that it’s possible for leaks of legitimate secrets to result in serious harm. I’m not aware of a single instance where any leak from WikiLeaks has done so, but it’s certainly possible that, at some point, it might. But right now, the scales are tipped so far in the other direction — toward excessive, all-consuming secrecy — that the far greater danger comes from allowing that to fester and grow even more. It’s not even a close call. Any efforts to subvert that secrecy cult are commendable in the extreme.

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  1. The “(S//NF)” at the beginning of the highlighted paragraph is an official government classification category that stands for Secret, No Foreign.

    I don’t think it jumps out at you unless you read the Greenwald link, but the point of this is that the US Gov saw WikiLeaks as such a threat that they published specific proposals on how to go about discrediting them and reducing the likelihood that wannabe whistle blowers would turn to them. Fascinating.

    Comment by Jack — 6/18/2010 @ 11:38 pm

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