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John Young, Cryptome founder, profiled

Editor’s note (5/25/09): the original link to Radar Magazine has gone dead. However, I found the article archived in the Internet Archive’s wayback machine and so updated the link to point to the archived copy. that is all.

This is a must read. Radar Magazine has just posted an article profiling John Young, the founder of Cryptome ("Secrets and Lies: The man behind the world’s most dangerous website." By John Cook). Young, a New York-based architect, is better known as one of the net’s most ardent foes of government secrecy. Willian Arkin, columnist and NBC News military analyst, calls Cryptome, "the Google of national security." There are high-resolution satellite photos of President Bush’s Crawford ranch, technical documents detailing how the National Security Agency spies on computer traffic, even the home addresses and telephone numbers of government officials, including former Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte. This is a truly amazing hodgepodge of information and fascinating background into a man who’s single-minded focus is government secrecy.


Young is a mad scientist of secrecy, working with little more than monomaniacal focus and an Internet connection to turn the tables on the spooks and expose what he regards as a worldwide criminal network of intelligence operatives. And the spies don’t like it.


If you haven’t bought the Cryptome DVD data dump (and I know that most of you haven’t!!), do so RIGHT NOW. For $25, you’ll get a DVD of 11 years of Cryptome archives — 41,000 files (4.4GB)  from June 1996 to June 2007 (scroll down the page on and you’ll see the information on how to order). I don’t know how you’ll catalog it, but EVERY library in the country should have this DVD, if only for the complete transcripts of the New York trial of Osama bin Laden and 21 others for the Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings that are included in the collection. See more here of Cryptome’s most controversial posts.

[Thanks BoingBoing!]

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