It all started with a CD with "Lady Gaga" written on it.
With that simple disk and the assistance of the Wikileaks website and a willing media, US Pfc. Bradley Manning (see photo to the right, in all its chipmunk-cheeked glory) accomplished the largest known unveiling of US confidential documents. From a transcript of his online conversation with hacker Adrian Lamo (who turned Manning in), Manning was shocked by how easy his crimes were:
How this leak happened is clear. Yet as this ZDNet debunking clearly shows, Manning's exploitation of an open system was a failure to use available resources to secure an IT infrastructure: