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The latest salvo from that everywhere-and-nowhere, international man of mystery, Julian Assange, is a doozy. The vigilante hacker has widely circulated a cache of uncensored documents suspected of including files on everything to Afghanistan to BP and Gitmo and he warns that if anyone arrests him or removes Wikileaks from the internet, he will release the password and activate the death ray. Or, at least leak the documents — which have apparently been distributed to thousands of his supporters around the world.
The key file in his contingency plan for eluding capture (damn those pesky sexual-assault allegations) is a 1.4 gigabyte Fort Knox of damning, digital dirt-dealing. And it's impossible to hack: Nigel Smith, a Bristol University cryptology professor said, "This isn't something that can be broken with a modern computer. You need the key to open it."
Whether you root for Assange, or consider him a dangerous terrorist, you have to admit this: if he teamed up with Rupert Murdoch and Mark Zuckerberg, he probably could take over the world. And then he would end up threatening to release that personal e-mail of yours where you spoke unflatteringly of the boss, if you don't send him ten dollars.