Anonymous to U.S. government: All your database are belong to us

Anonymous is well known for its bravado and Lulz, but a recent National Post interview with Christopher “Commander X” Doyon, who currently lives in Canada, might take the cake. In it, Doyon states:

Right now we have access to every classified database in the U.S. government. It’s a matter of when we leak the contents of those databases, not if. You know how we got access? We didn’t hack them. The access was given to us by the people who run the systems…

The five-star general (and) the Secretary of Defence who sit in the cushy plush offices at the top of the Pentagon don’t run anything anymore. It’s the pimply-faced kid in the basement who controls the whole game, and Bradley Manning proved that.

As Gizmodo is quick to note, however, Anonymous has some credibility problems when it comes to making statements and being able to back them up. This, however, is half of Anonymous’s charm: That even grandiose statements and epic failures (unable to DDos Amazon, for instance) haven’t stopped its various rhizomatic nodes from launching operations.

“The entire world right now is run by information,” states Doyon. “Our entire world is being controlled and operated by tiny invisible 1s and 0s that are flashing through the air and flashing through the wires around us. So if that’s what controls our world, ask yourself who controls the 1s and the 0s? It’s the geeks and computer hackers of the world.”

Whether there actually is truth to a total inside access to U.S. government databases ignores various other things at work here. The real game might in fact be psychological warfare, with Anonymous creating such a miasma of paranoia within the government that it would rival Stanislaw Lem’s classic surreal science fiction novel “Memoirs Found in a Bathtub.” Misdirection could also be the aim. Doyon pulls attention toward him like a vortex, thus freeing up various other Anonymous nodes.

Another possibility is that Doyon and other Anons seek only to implant, as it were, the idea that anyone with inside access to databases—any Bradley Manning or government hacker—has the potential to be an Anon. Of course, it’s very possible that there are those on the inside who are already Anons or sympathetic to the cause, and have made their access available to the hacking collective.

In the ocean of intelligence, in which the US spy agencies and Anonymous swim, it’s a looking glass world. Nothing is as it seems.