Wikileaks not elected by anyone, says RSA chief

Julian Assange, founder of whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, was not elected by anyone to take on the like of the US government, says Art Coviello, executive chairman of RSA, the security division of EMC.

“I don’t recollect electing Assange to share confidential information about the US government,” he said.

In a fairly informal Q&A session with journalists at RSA Conference 2011 in San Francisco, Coviello said one of the biggest concerns about Wikileaks and its supporters is that they believe they are doing a public service.

Information security professionals and technologists have enough to deal with in the form of cyber criminals, without having something else to deal with, he said.

Coviello expressed concern that Wikileaks will popularise and promote the use of insiders by all kinds of groups to steal sensitive information.

“I hope we will be able to get ahead of the insider threat and the self-righteous ethos embodied by Wikileaks,” he said.