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Ned Resnikoff

I am a freelance writer, researcher for Media Matters for America, and occasional inactive to Salon. Everything written here is my opinion alone, and not representative of the views of my employer.

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  1. Avatar Scott says:

    Why should the Wikileaks cable dump change the way diplomats conduct themselves? Their job is to represent US interests abroad and listen for news that affects those interests. Not to mention that those cables are written to inform as much as they also written to get the writer noticed by the folks in D.C. to aid in their promotion.Report

  2. Avatar DensityDuck says:

    @Ned: Good observation.

    It’s like reading breathless Fox News exposes about Stuxnet. “It’s an AI Cyber-Bomb that bridges the air gap and uses Zero Day Exploits!” Um…any security professional already knows about everything that Stuxnet supposedly did, and anyone familiar with the processes involved in nuclear-material refinement knows that you can screw that up without needing any haxoring of Gibsons.

    Same thing with articles about airplanes read by aerospace engineers or Popular Mechanics readers. And articles about virtually any physics experiment–“so this experiment you’re doing, it can make time travel possible and also blow up the universe?”Report

  3. Avatar c says:

    shouldn’t Hillary and others take the fall for snarkiness?Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    I have an idea for a short story set in the Zombie Apocalypse. A feisty rag-tag group of misfits hears a rumor about a “Government Installation” nearby that worked with all sorts of “Secret” stuff.

    “We need to go there and salvage the weaponry and medical technologies!”, someone suggests.

    They fight their way through the horde, get through the remaining security features, using brute force they finally get into the Secret rooms and get their hands on the Secret stuff… and find out that it’s diplomatic cables talking about how the Italian Prime Minister is a womanizer.Report

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