Today WikiLeaks and the Anonymous hackers have made leaks of confidential documents commonplace. One could argue, though, that the movement towardradical transparency began 40 years ago, with the Pentagon Papers and a simple, pervasive piece of technology: the photocopier.
As Herbert Kupferberg warned in the September 1971 issue of Nieman Reports:
“… the days of classified papers, unpublished covenants, secret treaties and many other sub rosa devices of government are just about over. Not even Attorney General Mitchell is going to be able to crack down on future publication of many a government secet, unless he is prepared to scrap all the copying machines in Washington.”