ohn L. Young, the obsessive genius behind Cryptome, has been infuriating governments worldwide for years by assembling a library of sensitive, often classified, information about intelligence-gathering and national security. Below is a list of some of his more illuminating chestnuts:
Dick Cheney’s “undisclosed location”: Satellite photos and aerial maps of “Site R,” a military installation dug into a Pennsylvania mountainside that Young says is Cheney’s secret hideaway. He also posted photos he took during a field trip to the site.
The names and addresses of 2,619 “CIA sources”: Young first published this list in December 2000, describing it as a list of CIA sources passed on by an anonymous tipster. It turned out to be the membership directory of the Association for Intelligence Officers, a group largely made up of retired CIA agents. One of the names on the list was Nicholas Natsios, Young’s father-in-law, who was a career CIA officer.
The names of 276 British intelligence agents: Young first published 116 names of agents for MI6, Britain’s foreign intelligence arm, in 1999; by 2005 he’d collected 276 names. The British government reportedly tried to get Young’s ISP to take the list down; it refused. An MI6 spokesperson told Radar that publishing the names is “unhelpful and dangerous.”
The names of roughly 600 Japanese intelligence agents: After Young published this list of names of operatives for Japan’s Public Security Investigation Agency—the Japanese equivalent of the CIA—an FBI agent called Young and asked him to take the names off his site. He refused.
Satellite photos of CIA director Michael Hayden’s home.
Satellite photos of Donald Rumsfeld’s home.
Photos of the jet fuel tanks and pipelines surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport, posted immediately after the announcement of a “terrorist plot” to blow them up in June.
Photos of Bill O’Reilly’s Long Island home.
A roundup of information and photos detailing Secret Service tactics for presidential protection.