The NSA snooping on cell phones. Bradley Manning on trial. The people behind a 40-year-old robbery of FBI files that revealed extensive abuses finally coming forward. Target getting hit by hackers who steal thousands of credit card numbers. There is no more vital or complex issue in today’s world than the balance between privacy and security. And there is no individual closer to the heart of that story than Julian Assange, currently hiding out from international law enforcement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. In last year’s film “The Fifth Estate,” Benedict Cumberbatch plays the enigmatic Australian uber-hacker. And I have a copy of the DVD to give away.
If you’d like to enter, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Assange” in the subject line and tell me a government secret that you were glad to see made public. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only.) I’ll pick a winner at random on January 21.