Older, quieter than WikiLeaks, Cryptome perseveres

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2013 at 11:15 am •  Published: March 9, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI came calling after maps of urban rail tunnels and gas lines were posted online. Microsoft aggressively complained following the website's publication of a confidential handbook on company policies for helping police. Other critics have gone further, warning that some of the postings could aid America's enemies.

Yet Cryptome carries on.

The website might be unfamiliar to the general public, but it's well-known in circles where intelligence tactics, government secrets and whistle-blowing are primary concerns. Since its creation in 1996, Cryptome has amassed more than 70,000 files — including lists of secret agents and high-resolution photos of nuclear power plants.

Its 77-year-old co-founder and webmaster is a feisty West Texas-born architect. John Young says he's "a fierce opponent of government secrets of all kinds."