Wikileaks editor Julian Assange shows decrypted military video from Baghdad attacks July 2007. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons, jenny8lee)
With the 1971 publication of "The Pentagon Papers," some of the government's darkest secrets of the Vietnam war were revealed to the public. With a similar spirit, in 2006 Wikileaks published a staggering amount of classified Pentagon and State Department material. U.S. officials claimed the publishing of that information put Americans in danger and condemned Wikileaks.
Now that technology allows whistleblowers to leak information more easily, who decides what should and should not be kept secret?
Forbes magazine technology reporter Andy Greenberg tells Steve Fast that even activists involved with Wikileaks are wrestling with that issue. Greenberg, who was one of the first to interview Wikileaks editor Julian Assange, is the author of the book "This Machine Kills Secrets: How Wikileakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information."
Listen to the interview: Andy Greenberg on The Steve Fast Show.
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