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Apart from a polonium cocktail.
I'm wondering what the worst they could do to him is. Apart from a polonium cocktail.
If he died under even the most remotely suspicious circumstances, the Internet rage machine would explode onto the scene like the world has never seen before. I would expect the rise of active, as opposed to passive, leak distribution systems arising rapidly, along with increasing acts of what would effectively be 'cyber" terrorism.
I was approving of what WikkiLeaks was doing until today when I heard on NPR that the latest series of releases divulged critical security weaknesses and key global infrastructure locations that are basically a hit-list for terrorists. I can understand wanting to leak the international gossip cables, but can we not give the terrorists a freakin' map and how-to for fucking us?
Great idea, but how do you replace the people? If anything, maybe the government will haul ass to increase security at the mentioned places. But it is kind of hard to guard an under-water cable or pipeline...
And if they DO target them, why not just rebuild them and continue on?
Interestingly, the media is really spinning this like the arrest was somehow related to Wikileaks, and are being purposefully vague on what he's actually being arrested for.My prediction: he is found guilty in Sweden, pays a fine and/or has a short stint in jail, and then is set free for Wikileaks to continue unabated.
What Wikileaks is doing here is what the government should be doing themselves. if I am living next to a possible security threat, or a target for possible terrorist attack, isn't it the responsibility of the government to tell me that? Should the first person to make it clear to me be a terrorist? No.
What if the government asked engineers, scientists, technicians, and even just citizens, to share their best terrorism plans in order to then have a large body of possibilities for analysis and defense against? What if we openly warned people that "hey, this thing here is a likely target: keep your eyes open? We have millions of high-value targets. If we were open about all the ones which anyone with access to the Internet could find trivially, it's no more dangerous than if we were closed about them. A flood of information is just as useless as no information, but the latter is impossible to achieve in the modern world.
A flood of information is just as useless as no information
A map that isn't much more useful than what any determined person with Google and time to kill could create a reasonable analogue to.
They are full of all kinds of Places and things which would be good targets for terrorists.
I'm tired of a non-transparent government engaged in, for example, torture and rendition to foreign soil to avoid laws against said torture. I'm tired of undue secrecy and false security achieved by hoping that our enemies are too dim to use Google.
You're tired as hell and you're not going to take it any more?
So, if Julian Assange is being arrested for having unprotected sex in Sweden, which can retroactively be called rape, or something like it, I think we should all admit to having unprotected sex.
I DON'T CARE IF THE WIKILEAKS GUY TOLD US ALL WHO SPIDER-MAN REALLY WAS, IF HE PUT HIS DINGER INTO A GIRL THAT DIDN'T WANT IT, END OF STORY.
OK, let's say you wanted to attack Qatar. You're smart, have a lot of money, and you have access to the web. Go ahead and find information about Qatar for me. Tell me what sites are of importance to the US, their order of importance, the resources that make them important, defensive technologies at those sites, points of attack that can cripple the infrastructure, and any other information that seems pertinent. Post your sources.Difficulty: nothing that traces back to Wikileaks
What Wikileaks is doing here is what the government should be doing themselves. if I am living next to a possible security threat, or a target for possible terrorist attack, isn't it the responsibility of the government to tell me that? Should the first person to make it clear to me be a terrorist? No.What makes you think the government didn't take measures to secure those places? I'm asking honestly here, because I haven't found any information one way or another in that regard.
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