Assange is part of a hacker milieu that includes one Peiter Zatko, aka “Mudge”, a celebrated hacker currently employed by DARPA to strengthen cybersecurity. This is a connection that raises more questions than it answers.
With web chatter asserting that WikiLeaks may be an intelligence community ploy to precipitate more censorship of the Internet, this is a consideration to be weighed, although Mr. Emory feels there is much more to the story than that.
FORBES: I wanted to ask you about [Peiter Zatko, a legendary hacker and security researcher who also goes by] “Mudge.”
Assange: Yeah, I know Mudge. He’s a very sharp guy.
FORBES: Mudge is now leading a project at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to find a technology that can stop leaks, which seems pretty relative to your organization. Can you tell me about your past relationship with Mudge?
Assange: Well, I…no comment.
FORBES: Were you part of the same scene of hackers? When you were a computer hacker, you must have known him well.
Assange: We were in the same milieu. I spoke with everyone in that milieu. . . .