Here’s an intriguing interview with the founder of the first “Leaks” site, Cryptome.

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A few excerpts:

“Beware of the Internet, which is a large-scale spying machine”

“Secrecy is the enemy of democracy; it’s way overdone.”

“Sites like ours…are left in place to watch who comes there….The reason we haven’t been shut down [by the government] is we’re useful to them to see what kind of attention is paid to this material. We think they actually feed us material to put up as they’re feeding material to WikiLeaks and many other sites…”

“We know that we cannot keep any secrets about our site, and we tell our readers you should not expect us to protect you because we’re being watched and every other site is being watched just like WikiLeaks is being watched. So there’s no secrecy on the Internet….”

“Governments leak more information than the rest of us for their own purposes..they run operations to leak secrets to test their own system. Their own disgruntled employees are encouraged to leak secrets to see what happens. They leave laptops around as if left by a drunk. They leave papers around. They put stuff on WikiLeaks. These are well known techniques to alarm the public, create sympathy and get more funding. This is a business.”

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  • Russ Baker is Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy. He is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in exploring power dynamics behind major events.