- - Thursday, June 10, 2021

“DOJ says it has recovered millions in cryptocurrency ransom paid to Colonial Pipeline” (Web, June 7) makes me seriously wonder about the intelligence of our government’s employees.

Someone at the Justice Department should be fired based on this passage alone: “The bitcoin wallet was hosted on a network located in Northern California, according to court documents. That made it easier for law enforcement to retrieve the funds than if the money had been stored on an overseas network.”

The court documents should have been sealed on national-security grounds. By putting that information out, the government is letting future hackers know to make sure their ransom money does not go through a U.S. server. Law-enforcement, military and intelligence personnel should never reveal to the media how they went about stopping a threat or capturing someone, as that will only make our enemies smarter the next time.

The news media can be just as bad. I remember right after the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, a television reporter explained in detail how to make a bomb with fertilizer and where to get more information about it on the internet or local public library.

Cmdr. WAYNE L. JOHNSON



Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)

Alexandria, Va.

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