Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Responding to the Pentagon's claim that it "could have shut down Wikileaks but chose not to," Allahpundit scored a direct hit:
I hope he’s telling the truth. Because if our cyberwar unit is so weak that they can’t hit a few servers in Sweden, then I, for one, welcome our new Chinese overlords.
The rest of it is both sharp and comedy gold, so you need to click through.
If the rumors are true Wikipedia intends to publish "personally damaging information" about Russian leaders. Juliens mommy should be truly worried about that one, because if she doesn't like a Swedish rape charge, she'll absolutely hate an FSB hit team.
With all the outrage (justifiably of course) being heaped on Assange, people are mostly forgetting about PFC Manning who actually stole this humongous trove of documents. There are two possibilities - either he was acting alone or he wasn't.
If this nonentity was acting alone then there was some astonishingly lax security and the blame should go much higher even though Manning deserves whatever he gets.
If he *wasn't* acting alone, then well it gets verrrrry interesting. I'm usually pretty skeptical of conspiracy theories but something here isn't adding up.
Speaking of conspiricy theories (and theorists), did you happen to hear of the connection being promoted by Glenn Beck?
I happened to watch O'Reilly last night and Beck was on, claiming that the lawyer who represents Wikipedia in the US works for Soros. His implication was that Soros, a dangerous anti-American zealot according to Beck (and O'Reilly) is funding actual espionage aimed at America. Conspiricy theories are always interesting, though a little like cheap novels.
You can try to shut down access through urls but that's like trying to catch the wind. Julius Baer, the Swiss trader outed in 2008 sued Wikileaks domain registar in Calif. Although the court issued a permanent injunction, alternative websites immediately popped up across the globe. The PI was eventually overturned and Swiss Bank dropped its case.
The only way to hit this is through its funding, not unlike other terrorist groups.
By the way, I don't recall reading anything about the Bush Administration going after WikiLeaks when it published the U.A. Army's protocol manual for handling prisoners in Gitmo in 2007.
The servers are located in a former bomb shelter thirty meters down and behind solid steel doors 18 inches thick in the center of Stockholm.
"Good luck getting there, Pentagon goons. Unless you invade Sweden" Heh. Where's The Decider when you need him...:~>
The servers may be 100 feet down -- but the generators & transformers which supply the electric power are not. Nor are the cables connecting the servers to the internet.
A couple of dedicated jihadists could shut the site down in moments.