Posted by Big Gav in free energy
One interesting snippet that emerged from the "Podesta emails" on Wikileaks was this weird email from one time Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell in which he mentions aliens "helping us" bring "zero point energy" to earth.While it's entirely possibly he could just be a nut spamming someone of political influence it does make you wonder...
Remember, our nonviolent ETI from the contiguous universe are helping us bring zero point energy to Earth.
While I'm a big fan of both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, I think that leaks of information are (unfortunately) going to become increasingly politicised in future, with the validity of the information coming into question.
Bruce Schneier recently had a post on "Organizational Doxing and Disinformation" he he talked about the problem of the leaker (or supplier of information to the leaker) throwing in a few choice items that aren't real.
Forging thousands -- or more -- documents is difficult to pull off, but slipping a single forgery in an actual cache is much easier. The attack could be something subtle. Maybe a country that anonymously publishes another country's diplomatic cables wants to influence yet a third country, so adds some particularly egregious conversations about that third country. Or the next hacker who steals and publishes email from climate change researchers invents a bunch of over-the-top messages to make his political point even stronger. Or it could be personal: someone dumping email from thousands of users making changes in those by a friend, relative, or lover.
Imagine trying to explain to the press, eager to publish the worst of the details in the documents, that everything is accurate except this particular email. Or that particular memo. That the salary document is correct except that one entry. Or that the secret customer list posted up on WikiLeaks is correct except that there's one inaccurate addition. It would be impossible. Who would believe you? No one. And you couldn't prove it.