Daily Archives: December 6, 2010

WikiLeaks and Lisbeth Salander

Wow. This is getting interesting.  Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has given some serious thought to the potential risks he faces for the release of secret and and classified information.

Apparently he has developed a “poison pill.” And that’s not all that unusual in business. The Captains of Industry typically adopt a “poison pill” that makes it difficult for one company to succeed in a hostile takeover of another — and equally if not more importantly, to protect the financial position of those at the top of the corporate totem pole.

Assange’s plan works differently. A  network of hackers — given information and secret codes from Assange — is prepared to do another massive data-drop if he is arrested or killed.

Hey, that sounds like the story line from one of Stieg Larsson’s wildly popular novels — where the heroine, Lisbeth Salander, knows a thing or three about hacking into computer networks, personal information and so on.

And the speculation is that the information waiting in the digital queue may involve Bank of America or another business. Oh boy. And you thought Iran was an evil empire. Oops. I digress.

Anyway, I was thinking — and chuckling — about all of this as I was chasing the treadmill belt early this a.m. Fox and Friends reported that the computer gurus at the State Department have been trying unsuccessfully for months to hack into the WikiLeaks website.

Oh well. The federal government hasn’t been very successful at much of anything recently.

If only it had Lisbeth Salander on staff.

Just sayin’.