must be hard for Wikileaks to
come to come up with an appropriate second act. The site aired
close to 100,000
confidential documents from the U.S. military and 250,000
classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The
move left the U.S. government scrambling to try to control the damage
that leaks had on it.But Wikileaks must
come up with an appropriate second act if it hopes to maintain its
"Big Brother" global role. Most of its leaks thus far
have focused on targeting America. It's already embarrassed the
U.S. government. So what could be better than gunning for the
U.S. private sector?The site reportedly is preparing to
release a treasure trove of leaked information from a major U.S.
bank. Site founder Julian Assange aired the news in an
interview with Forbes
Monday. Most believe that his target will be the
much-maligned Bank of America. Last year Mr. Assange in an
interview with Computerworld reported
having "several gigabytes" of data stolen off a Bank of
America executive's hard drive.Shares of Bank of America
stock dropped on the New York Stock Exchange this week, as fears that
the company could become the next target sunk in.Another
controversial Euro-American corporate giant also has reason to
fear. BP p.l.c., an English company whose largest
division is in the U.S., is reportedly also to be targeting by Mr.
Assange's information attacks. He claimed in
the Forbes interview
to have "lots" of secret BP data, and was merely trying to
verify if it was all unique and unreleased.One has to wonder,
though, if the public may be somewhat apathetic to a BP leak after
how much the company was lashed in the media following its
notorious oil spill. Nonetheless, the threat dropped BP
shares down 2.5 percent on Monday, following the announcement (share
prices have since risen back to around their previous trading
levels).Before its efforts to disparage the U.S. government's
Middle Eastern war efforts, Wikileaks was
best known for a leak of information from banking giant Julius Baer,
which subsequently sued
quote: "At the moment, for example, we are sitting on 5GB from Bank of America, one of the executive's hard drives," he said. "Now how do we present that? It's a difficult problem. We could just dump it all into one giant Zip file, but we know for a fact that has limited impact. To have impact, it needs to be easy for people to dive in and search it and get something out of it."
quote: On one hand, Jason really trumps up these articles with sensational rhetoric, adding things implying that a BoA hard drive was stolen when Assange gave no indication that that was the case.
quote: just like any other rabid organization trying to break the story.