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Intro: "On July 29th, returning from a trip to Europe, Jacob Appelbaum, a lanky, unassuming 27-year-old wearing a black T-shirt with the slogan 'Be the trouble you want to see in the world,' was detained at customs by a posse of federal agents. In an interrogation room at Newark Liberty airport, he was grilled about his role in WikiLeaks, the whistle-blower group that has exposed the government's most closely guarded intelligence reports about the war in Afghanistan."

Jacob Appelbaum, senior WikiLeaks editor, 11/04/08. (photo/art: Kate Young/flickr)
Jacob Appelbaum, senior WikiLeaks editor, 11/04/08. (photo/art: Kate Young/flickr)

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+24 # Ross 2010-12-28 10:51
This is scary. Though it's refreshing to note that there are people out there like Applebaum and Assange, just think what they are up against...all the governments of the world and their almost unlimited resources. And to top it all off, those very resources are entirely funded by us. Is that ironic or what? We are actually paying for our own enslavement!
+16 # genierae 2010-12-28 11:32
I am sure that the majority of Americans have no clue as to just how much their government is spying on them, and how much intelligence has been gathered concerning their communications with others. It has gotten completely out of control, and there seems to be no remedy to this invasion of our privacy. Security of any kind, seems to be a thing of the past.
+3 # Betty Faas 2010-12-28 13:22
+6 # atdreams 2010-12-28 13:45
Yes this is all very true, and for most of us all of our personal information is already all over the place and there is nothing that we can do to get it back. So unless you do a complete fade from using anything related to technology to try and hide, you should just live your life and not worry too much about these things. I for one give money to many different organizations that promote goodness in the world, and yes my personal information is all over the place...
+5 # Fern Henley 2010-12-28 19:02
If you can stand to see the truth you've spoken
twisted by knaves to set a trap for fools...........
It's time for all people to stand up for the truth as Assange and Appelbaum and Taibbi have the best they can or it will be too late as lies gather ever more strength and ultimately destroy liars and truthtellers both. Thank Goodness we have the www. We have the possibility now of ending the financial traps set by the ending of Glass-Steagal principles here and abroad. We have the possibility of setting up a humongous public works program such as NAWAPA. It's a choice we make or take the consequences of losing everything.
+6 # Ralph Averill 2010-12-28 19:09
A very healthy and rational outlook. Don't do anything on-line or on the cell phone that you don't want the world to know about. Or get TOR, and a new computer and cell phone every week.
I refuse to live in fear.
+2 # paul rossi 2010-12-31 13:34
Bush, Obama, STASI, FBI, CIA, KGB- after a while they all seem to look the same....
+2 # Marilyn Russell 2011-01-01 22:38
Here's something we CAN do: get more people involved in politics!

"Be involved in politics or be ruled by your inferiors."
0 # Hors-D-whores 2011-01-02 04:05
I suspected this result 20 years ago when my local grocery store put out their store cards so that I could get customer discounts on my purchase. I knew that that gave anybody interested, to access what I had for dinner on Thursday, or if I was buying alcohol or too many drugs and etc. Of course since then, the explosion of the internet has been astounding. Everywhere you do business asks for your email, and in fact banks encourage it.

I hesitated for a long time doing business online but then saw the facility of being able to access my accounts anytime I wanted at home. We've given up privacy for convenience and basically, maybe speaking for myself, have become laptop potatoes,

What is scary is that a real bad apple could be as intelligent and crafty as Applebaum, but have no principles or wants power, to do real damage as is mentioned in the article.

Really fascinating subject and article.
+1 # JanisL 2011-04-11 09:55
So Wikileaks is a criminal enterprise, Marc Theissen? You should know--you were part of the most criminal enterprise ever to prey on this great country--the Bush administration! Wikileaks and Assange are doing a great service to counteract all the damage done by Bush and the Republican thieves, they are heroes to the world!

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