WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

Summary: WikiLeaks sat down with 60 Minutes Julian Assange and said that the U.S. government couldn't take the site down if it wanted to. That's "just the way our technology is constructed," he said.

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WikiLeaks sat down with 60 Minutes Julian Assange and said that the U.S. government couldn't take the site down if it wanted to. That's "just the way our technology is constructed," he said. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Assange said WikiLeaks has 2,000 fully independent sites publishing its information. "It is not possible" to bring WikiLeaks down. 60 Minutes, which airs in about an hour Eastern Standard Time spent two days with the program. Here's Assange on Bank of America and documents WikiLeaks claims to have.

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  • If the US really wants to...

    They could declare Wikileaks a global terror threat more dangerous than AQ and decide to shut down the US-controlled backbone core routers, with the aim of killing the whole net. I doubt it would come to this, though.
    kraterz
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @kraterz

      They could do the same to Fox News as well. Doing so would have the same negative effect with the American populace. Best to just learn how to deal with it.
      Michael Kelly
      • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

        @Michael Kelly <br><br>Good point, Fox news spreads alot more disinformation than wikileaks, and ultimately does alot of harm to the US population by keeping thim ignorant and misinformed about the world.
        blue_smirnoff
      • But if the US took down Faux News,

        @Michael Kelly - then we'd have ourselves a massive uprising of backwoods midwesterners who don't know any better, thanks to FUD only further propagated by the fact that many of them can't discern between FUD and fact.

        To make matters worse, the uprising would most likely be led by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Christine O'Donnell, and Rand Paul. Being that I'm a moderate living in the midwest, that personally scares the living daylights (among other things) out of me...
        nix_hed
      • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

        @nix_hed

        [i]But if the US took down Faux News,
        then we'd have ourselves a massive uprising of backwoods midwesterners who don't know any better, thanks to FUD only further propagated by the fact that many of them can't discern between FUD and fact.[/i]

        Well, you could always watch CNN... as long as you don't mind perverts like Eliot Spitzer.
        Hallowed are the Ori
      • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

        Try MSNBC. They're the most skewed and biased news organization here in America, and people have responded with their low overall ratings. There's a reason why Fox News is number 1 in the ratings...fair and balanced reporting! Most of the others purport a liberal-biased agenda.
        BytetheBit
      • FNDS so soon?

        @Michael Kelly

        Wow, THAT was fast! This article had absolutely nothing to do with Fox News, yet somehow in your twisted little mind, Fox News was already on your fingertips.

        Nothing brings a bigger grin to my face than someone who so readily reveals that Ruper Murdoch lives in their heads rent-free 24/7.
        SAStarling
    • Assange only cares about political schemes and lies that are done ...

      @kraterz: on behalf of American people -- while, actually, none of these people voted for these kind of deeds.

      And BOA is can be quite nasty, too; so it is good that it fears leaks.
      DDERSSS
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @kraterz It wouldnt even take that, I hope someone decides to take him up on his challenge though, I just love the word, CAN'T in the tech world, every system has a weakness, I dont care how brilliantly you set it up, there is always a hole somewhere, and assange just about dared someone to find it for them...
      nickdangerthirdi@...
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @kraterz since when is telling the truth global terror. Was about time someone told us what those liars in DC try to cover up.
      whs37
  • I'm sure Iran said the same thing about their centrifuges

    until they spun themselves apart. Just because someone hasn't done something against you doesn't mean they can't do something against you.
    John Zern
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @John Zern LOL - except the US intelligence agencies are the only source of this rumored success with centrifuges -- and they are relying on 1-2 informers who could easily be double, triple or quadruple agents.

      Nice how a black programs works both ways. Both sides can claim success and interested outsiders do not really have any confirmation of what is going on. You simply give one side of the other the same sort of faith as religion asks but with more track record of both sides being wrong or lying.
      wellduh
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @John Zern acutally I doubt the US success at Iranian centrifuges. I think they are buying BS from an Iranian insider. It really doesn't make sense that all the centrifuges would turn on at once. Start up current surges would practically prohibit that. Second I got to think that centrifuge jobs probably occur in several stages with different groups of centrifuges handling each stage. <br><br>Third and FOREMOST the centrifuges almost certainly have a hardwired power kill switch for just such a problem -- at least they did at the lab I worked at. Runaways are not that uncommon.<br><br>So at best I can see maybe a few centrifuges dying assuming they were computerized to the max. BUt after the first died you would not start others and shut off any still going. And of course there really isn't a need for a high degree of computerization. Digital readouts or instrumentation logging does not equal computerized motor control. <br><br>There is even less need for motors able to damage the centrifuge rotors. It not a racing event. In fact I would wager that you would need to remove passive safety features like motor current fuses to overload any quality centrifuge. Similarly most centrifuges will quietly spin to zero after emergency power kill is hit. Although a few have some mild braking available to speed unloading, most have none. Braking can disturb job samples just done and in an emergency it is already too late to brake as most accidents finish in 1/1000th or 1/100th of a second due to very high high rpm. So slamming on the brakes sounds wrong too.

      If anything I would think Iranian orders for more centrifuges are to expand their program not replace lost centrifuges. Of course that might mean that they are having problems in centrifuge work just as easily as increasing production. Just not enough sources of information that are not highly questionable.
      wellduh
  • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

    @paulbee <br><br>So he's Al-Quaeda and he should be murdered. PErhaps we could call him a Nazi as well. This is what passes for politics in the US at the moment.<br><br>How many sociopaths does America actually have?<br><br>If the truth is out there apparently it'd better start running.
    tonymcs@...
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @tonymcs@... If your doctor shared your health records by posting them to a website with thousands of mirrors, what would you do?

      I know these are not health records but they very much have the potential to impact the health of our country and thus there is a reason some of this is classified...

      You guys who think you have a right to know probably hack payroll records so you can complain about what everyone else makes!
      slickjim
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @tonymcs@... He had the right to do what he did but I would still support the right of the CIA to assassinate him. No hypocrisy here. We live in a free world and it goes both way.
      Tommy S.
    • Where did he say he was Al-Quaeda?

      @tonymcs@...?
      John Zern
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @tonymcs@... actually @PeterPerry
      "there is a reason some of this is classified"

      No, PP, one of the primary things Wikileaks exposed was that for the vast majority of the published leaks there was absolutely NO REASON to keep the information classified.
      jeverettk
    • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

      @tonymcs@... The government already publicly posts information about sex offenders. It seems only fair that Assange publishes the dirty little secrets the government tries to hide.
      rernst99@...
  • RE: WikiLeaks Assange: U.S. doesn't have the technology to take us down

    @paulbee
    Yeah, he's an arrogant prick... but I am really glad that Wikileaks is gathering and publishing the information they do.

    We are better off for it.

    And you are right, he may someday end up dead because of it but fortunately there appears to be numerous conscientious whistle blowers and corresponding publishing sites. The disappearance of Assange would not end the process unless the internet and global media all came under the authoritarian control of governments. See "Internet Kill Switch".
    spammy_z