The WikiLeaks Spinoff That Wasn’t: An Exclusive Excerpt From This Machine Kills Secrets

An excerpt from the new book This Machine Kills Secrets Andy Greenberg The following is an exclusive excerpt from This Machine Kills Secrets, a new book from Forbes Magazine reporter Andy Greenberg that charts the history and future of anonymous information leaks. Here the author travels to the Chaos Communication Camp on the outskirts of Berlin to witness the launch of the WikiLeaks spinoff group OpenLeaks-an event that would spiral into WikiLeaks’ greatest crisis yet. The fifty-year-old Soviet biplane lurches, banks hard to the left, and nearly pitches me and the nine hackers aboard into the port-side windows. I resist the urge to vomit as my stomach floats into my chest. The fluffy-bearded young man sitting behind me doesn’t, and pukes generously into a paper bag. A few thousand feet below the fuselage of steel in which we’re riding is a German landscape covered with trees, rivers, windmills, and suddenly a field populated with a patchwork of multicolored tents and strips of pavement. Our pilot, a tall Berliner with a sadistic smile, pushes the Antonov An-2 into an alarmingly steep descent, testing my nervous system’s accelerometers again.

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The WikiLeaks Spinoff That Wasn’t: An Exclusive Excerpt From This Machine Kills Secrets

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012 Net News

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