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Quote of the Day: World-Wide Anarchy in CSV Format

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 21 2010

lets just say *someone* i know intimately well, has been penetrating US classified networks, mining data like the ones described... and been transferring that data from the classified networks over the "air gap" onto a commercial network computer... sorting the data, compressing it, encrypting it, and uploading it to a crazy white haired aussie who can't seem to stay in one country very long.

-- That, it seems, is U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning in a fuller transcript of his online chats with hacker Adrian Lamo than previously has been released, as posted by Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin. Manning later clarifies that by "crazy white haired aussie who can't seem to stay in one country very long," he's meaning Wikileaks mastermind Julian Assange. Manning predicts that the cache of documents he claims to have taken from U.S. military networks would, if released unto the world, represent "world-wide anarchy in CSV format" (where CSV is comma-separated values, a common data format).

In the chats, Manning seems to vacillate between reveling in a sense of awe over the world events he's capable of setting into motion and a fixation on his own feelings of loneliness and existential confusion. Gripping stuff, all of it. Give it a read.