ANONYMOUS GOSSIP! LITERALLY!
In May, news broke that our government had obtained—without a warrant—copies of phone records of the Associated Press offices in New York, D.C. and Connecticut, as well as reporters’ private lines. When I heard that, I was prompted to look up some easily obtainable data of my own: How many journalists are working in America, and how many Americans have security clearances?
There are about 65,000 journalists working for brands of one sort or another, according to a report in the Nieman Journalism Lab. And 5 million Americans now hold a security clearance.
Yesterday, the Observer broke news of a book proposal being shopped to publishers in New York this week about the inner-workings and detailing first-hand experience with Anonymous. The gossipy backlash, of course, is emerging. And the book hasn’t even sold yet!
Anonymous—that highly-controversial, nebulous, post-activism activism group making headlines for everything from Scientology takedowns, to digital attacks on the information servers of Visa and Mastercard, to the recent protests of Wall Street—is getting a book, the Observer has learned. But what’s it called, and who will write it?