I was born on May 22, 1987, which means I’m fast approaching my 30th birthday (oh god… and I still only have my Bachelor’s and work in retail… ugh…). It also means that I’m a Millennial.
This time, we’re being blamed for… WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 (from IBTimes):
A former US spy chief has spoken out about WikiLeaks’ release of alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) documents, claiming the US federal government may be suffering due to cultural differences between old spymasters and fresh-faced “millennials”.
This week (7 March), the whistleblowing website published a cache of over 8,000 documentsapparently from an expert CIA cyber unit, detailing computer network exploitation and malware-based hacking tools. In an analysis, WikiLeaks indicated a rogue insider was the source.
“In order to do this kind of stuff [intelligence work] we have to recruit from a certain demographic,” Michael Hayden, who has served as both the head of the CIA and NSA, told the BBC in an interview, responding to a question about the source of the leak.
“I don’t mean to judge them at all, but this group of millennials and related groups simply have different understandings of the words loyalty, secrecy and transparency than certainly my generation did,” he continued.
Oh great. So now we’re all the traitors…
“Culturally they have different instincts than the people who made the decision to hire them,” Hayden added. “We may be running into this different cultural approach that we saw with Chelsea Manning, with Edward Snowden and now, perhaps, with a third actor.”
I mean, to be completely fair, this isn’t a bad thing. I’m one of those who thinks our government should operate on total transparency to us. In theory, our government should work for us, so it shouldn’t be keeping secrets from us. Of course, in reality, this is not at all how it works… and so we sort of need whistleblowers… and, as I’ve always said, I support whistleblowers and whistleblowing.
Although I do sort of like Hayden’s shot at WikiLeaks:
“This is about foreign intelligence collection, it doesn’t invoke the privacy rights of Americans,” he said. “Isn’t it surprising that WikiLeaks, this transparency engine, seems to be focused only on transparency about the USA and its friends, not totalitarian regimes around the world.”
Although, this isn’t strictly true, as you can find leaks from various totalitarian regimes on WikiLeaks if you know how to look. But in a lot of ways, getting leaks from, say, North Korea, is going to be a lot harder then getting leaks from the US, so…
I’m still pretty angry at WikiLeaks for its role in the presidential election, so I’m still in a “they can go fuck themselves sideways into the ocean with a cactus” mode with them. However, Vault 7 is a rather fascinating look-through, so… if you’re interested… here it is. And here’s the breakdown for people like me who can’t read technical code…