Thursday Numbers

Hang in there friends – just one more day until the weekend! Here’s “Thursday Numbers” to help you make it through the day!

If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm). Notice – people have been known to gain a vast amount of knowledge by reading this column.

This week I write about supermodels & football players, Labor Day, National Security Agency, unemployment, stray dogs in Detroit, Ichiro, fishing in Wyoming with Liz Cheney, David Cassidy, fires, Jon Tester & Kim Cattrall, Obamacare, “Lethal Injection,” Bradley Manning, best three basketball players, and much more so read on! Continue reading

Wiki, Wiki, Wiki

While there’s plenty of outrage about WikiLeaks releasing 250,000 U.S. State Department documents, I think the root of the problem is how someone took the documents to start with.

As they say, “the horse is out of the barn.”

The documents are basically information supplied to the State Department from their people around the world. Some were marked “Secret” and other “NOFORN” (No Foreign Nationals may see the information) and others were marked “Secret/NOFORN.”

If the United States would have had better security protocols, we would not be where we are today.

Anyone who has or had access to classified material knows will know that by reading the information below from The Guardian website that someone dropped the ball big time. This information is about how a US soldier named Bradley Manning (a Private First Class no less) went about downloading the documents. The United States believes Manning is the source of the leak:

It was childishly easy, according to the published chatlog of a conversation Manning had with a fellow-hacker. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labelled with something like ‘Lady Gaga’ … erase the music … then write a compressed split file. No one suspected a thing … [I] listened and lip-synched to Lady Gaga’s Telephone while exfiltrating possibly the largest data spillage in American history.” He said that he “had unprecedented access to classified networks 14 hours a day 7 days a week for 8+ months”.

Allowing someone to even bring a CD-RW into the office and use in a government-owned computer where classified information is kept is the first mistake. Not checking personnel when they enter (or better yet) leave a place where classified information is kept is the second mistake.

Limiting the number of personnel who have access to the classified documents will be a good start, but it is a Diplomatic mess and one that will harm the United States for years…