Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by PJC, Sep 3, 2011.
WikiLeaks exposes thousands of sources in written-password SNAFU
That's quite bad carelessness.
Disappointing. As a supporter of WL I am disapointed they would let this happen. As soon as innocents are put in danger we have bigger issues at hand.
Anyone cares to explain this in layman's terms
In a nutshell, numbnuts (a.k.a Julian Assange) caught a case of the stupids and made what, these days is a common mistake, and failed to keep the password not only safe, but to change it now and again. So now, all that carefully collected data which, up until now had at least been released with some caution, is now floating around the web with no editing, no real names of informers and other sensitive contacts withheld and so on.
In other words, Wikileaks didn't just shoot itself in the foot, it nuked it. These are the kinds of screw-ups that will see leakers keeping their mouths shut, and government shady dealings going right back into the dark again and staying there.
the truth shall set you free.
or as H. L. Mencken put it:
"The truth, indeed, is something that mankind, for some mysterious reason, instinctively dislikes. Every man who tries to tell it is unpopular, and even when, by the sheer strength of his case, he prevails, he is put down as a scoundrel."
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are. "
It's not a mystery that man doesn't like truth. Truth leads to accountability, usually our own..which we as humans very much dislike.
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