[ExI] Wikileaks

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Dec 7 13:14:57 UTC 2010

On Tue, Dec 07, 2010 at 08:54:31AM -0400, Darren Greer wrote:

> He was arrested this morning in the U.K. Even my father, not exactly a
> political radical, laughed at how transparent the timing. I agree with

If a travesty of justice is sufficiently transparent, it will backfire.

Right now quite a few newly realize that they're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

> Stefano -- the charges are perfect in terms of stigmatizing him. Who cares
> if he's a champion of free speech or freedom of information or a new

The person is not important, the press waking up to the possibility of
using the Internet as an anonymous, uncensorable informant platform is.
That this is decades-old-hat to the digerati is irrelevant, critical
threshold in public perception (not that this worth so much) is.

Once this pump is primed there will be successor platforms. Run by 
anonymous volunteers, on their own budget, with no drama but also
no way to shut it all down.

John Young deliberately staid out of the limelight with the Cryptome,
which never reached that threshold. Now we will see how much appetite
for disclosure the general public really has -- oh, a bright and shiny 
object! Dude... wait... what?

> transparency? The important thing is he's a pervert, so nothing he does or
> says can be taken seriously. And sexual assault charges have an
> added benefit -- those with such charges against them are almost always
> viewed as guilty by the majority whether proven innocent in court or not.
> Michael Jackson is a good example.

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