Could WikiLeaks Get Your Secrets?
Giving intelligence to the enemy is capital offence.
Is a very bruised and angered U.S. government setting the stage for trials that would put Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange in front of firing squads?
In terms of our lives and careers, this grand theft and leak of sensitive information has huge ramifications for everyone in the private sector—hiring practices, safeguarding of company secrets and who has access to them.
How hack-proof is your confidential data?
Who has access to the most sensitive data in your organization?
Who hired those people and what might be their personal agendas?
Remember, once something is out on the Internet, it’s there for your lifetime and beyond.
The Dissemination of Information 60 Years Ago
I entered the adult workplace in 1951 at age 15 as an apprentice to the publicity director of a summer theater in Connecticut. At the end of the season, an extra play was added to the schedule—Elmer Rice’s Dream Girl starring Judy Holiday, who had won the Academy Award that year for Born Yesterday. This was a big deal.
My boss was burned out after the long hot summer and wanted to do some serious drinking. She assigned me to write the Dream Girl announcement for the local papers.
I wrote a three-page, double-space press release on an old Remington manual office typewriter. My boss made a couple of changes and said to go with it.
I hand-typed it on the waxy film of purple stencils, affixed them to the black inky drum of an old mimeograph machine, loaded paper and cranked out 20 copies by hand.
The next step: collating, stapling and folding the three pages, and inserting them into the envelopes, on which I had earlier typed the addresses. After licking the envelope flaps and licking and affixing the 3¢ first class stamps, I took my handiwork to the post office and shoved it through the mail slot.