Unfortunately for the government, in the 21st century, our documents of choice are not printed on paper, but stored electronically, often in the cross-platform PDF format. But for nostalgia’s sake, instead of
the sensitive sections, the government prefers instead to continue blacking them out.
There’s just one teensy-weensy little catch. Turns out when you black out text, you can still select the text, copy it, and paste it into a word processor, where it appears in all of its plaintext glory.
If you’d like to try it for yourself, here’s a
copy of a court document
regarding a grand jury leak in the BALCO steroids case; or, if it’s more up your alley,
a document from AT&T
in the NSA wiretap case.
Seriously guys, next time maybe you should white them out instead. No, really, it’ll work better, trust me.
Deadspin; thanks, Jason]