Wikileaks and Secrets

The big shocking revelation from Wikileaks?

OMG! Politicians Lie! (Yawn)

Of course they do. Because they used to be able to get away with it.

But the new reality is privacy is dead and so are secrets.

That genie is not going back in the bottle.

People, as individuals and as government agents, are going to have to adjust to the new reality. Those that can’t will continue to be “embarrassed” when their “secrets” are spread across the Internet. Once something leaves your head and is transmitted to someone else, it is effectively a public record because the Internet is forever.

So far we’ve been able to pretend privacy exists because for most people, no one cares to look.

That is changing.

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4 Responses to Wikileaks and Secrets

  1. Lissa says:

    Does that mean that someday I’ll have to abandon my nom de blog?

  2. alan says:

    Everyone’s looking for something, might as well be you.

  3. DirtCrashr says:

    I can keep a secret as long as I’m not waterboarded. But the State Dept. needs tpo return to being an agency that can keep a secret, instead of what it has become: a politically motivated secret-leaker, but that’s what you get when you give access to left-bent guys (and chicks) like those with whom I went to College…

  4. wolfwalker says:

    Excuse me, but somebody needs a reality check. Several somebodies, in fact.

    1) this was not a case of somebody finding information that was ‘public record but not really available for everyone’ and then making it available to everyone. Bradley Manning violated multiple laws to steal classified data from a secure computer network, then broke more laws to make that information public.

    2) Manning was not a State Department employee. He was a Pfc in the Army. The people who wrote these cables did everything required to keep them secret. They’re supposed to be kept on an air-gapped network with no ability to copy to portable devices. The Army’s computer-security people screwed the pooch by setting up a nonsecure access point, and then Manning broke his oath and the law in order to actually copy the material.

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