Could WikiLeaks Get Your Secrets?
Mirabile dictu, The Middletown Press and several others papers ran it verbatim! It was the first time I had seen anything I had written in print. Neither my boss nor my parents nor I could believe it! It resulted in a solid week of sold out attendance. It was then that I decided to be a writer.
In 1951, this was how you got the word out. The business world ran on paper, which was either discarded or stored in endless file drawers until it was time to trash it (or send it to a warehouse) in order to make room for more paper.
In offices all over the world, workers had their own file drawers in their desks for papers. In the executive suites confidential files were kept in locked file cabinets behind locked doors.
Swiping 750,000 documents would have been impossible 60 years ago, where copying was achieved in one of three ways:
1. Carbon Paper: You would take a piece of stationary and behind it place a piece of carbon paper and behind that a piece of thin, onion skin-like copy paper. I think it was possible to make up to five or six copies. You would insert the whole caboodle into a manual typewriter and beat the keys hard, hoping to hell you didn’t make a typing error.
2. Camera: In World War II movies, you can see white-gloved spies sneaking into homes and offices, setting up a camera on a tiny tripod and snapping pictures of letters, reports and documents. The results could be reproduced as individual prints, microfiche/microfilm or reduced down to the size of comma and sent undetected on an innocuous letter.
3. Thermofax: You would lay a piece of thin, brownish, heat-sensitive paper atop the document you wanted to copy and run it s-l-o-w-l-y through a toaster that would produce a readable version. Leave the copy in sunlight for any length of time, and the text would fade to nothing.