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WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted ‘insurance’ data online

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2013 at 4:05 AM
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Published time: August 18, 2013 10:11 
Edited time: August 19, 2013 05:05

WikiLeaks has released a trove of encrypted “insurance” data on Twitter and Facebook. The data can’t be read without an encryption key, but the movement’s supporters say that could be published later in case anything happens to leading WikiLeaks figures.

The whistleblowing organization published links for a massive 400 gigabytes worth of encrypted data it described as “insurance documents” on its Twitter and Facebook accounts. It is possible to download the files but advanced encoding prevents them from being opened. 

The group described encryption as a necessary measure in light of previous attempts to block its leaking of classified information. 

The practice of encoding data and then later releasing the key is not uncommon for WikiLeaks, but the sheer size of the files has attracted considerable attention. WikiLeaks followers on Facebook and Twitter speculated on what the documents might contain, and also that the key would be released if anything should happen to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. 

“They're files that will not have the passwords released unless something happens to specific individuals associated with WikiLeaks. Like the insurance file for Assange, which is more from the cables and info Manning leaked out,” Facebook user Tom-Eric Halvorsen wrote on WikiLeaks’ profile page. 

The organization aided Snowden in his negotiations on temporary asylum in Russia following the leaking of classified US government data that revealed the NSA’s global surveillance programs. WikiLeaks has indicated that the data disclosed so far is only the tip of the iceberg, and that more revelations will follow. 

However, there could be problems ahead for Snowden if more leaks are released, as the Russian government says that as a part of the temporary asylum agreement, Snowden should refrain from releasing data that “damages” the US. The whistleblower applied for asylum in Russia after the US voided his passport, leaving him stranded in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for over a month. 

Washington has branded the former NSA contractor a fugitive and issued an extradition order against him on charges of espionage. 

In the wake of the revelations about the US government’s global spying programs, the Obama administration has sought to justify mass surveillance as a necessary evil to protect national security. Even so, President Barack Obama has announced a number of reforms to the NSA to increase its transparency and regulate the information collected by the government. 

http://rt.com/news/wikileaks-encrypted-files-facebook-626/

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Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 4:36 AM
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USA: "We didn't do anything wrong, but here's how we're going to change things, now that you've found out what we did do."

Love it.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Aug. 19, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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Its amazing how Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy and Snowden in Russia....can run wikileaks and be accountable for this next chapter.

And they want the TPP to just pass over everyones head....ugh.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM
I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it
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Goodwoman614
by Satan on Aug. 19, 2013 at 10:03 AM



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it

Did you read the OP?

It is their insurance against being bumped off by the US government. 

You know, in a mysterious car accident/plane crash/robbery, etc...or just an old-fashioned disappearance.


sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Quoting Goodwoman614:



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it

Did you read the OP?

It is their insurance against being bumped off by the US government. 

You know, in a mysterious car accident/plane crash/robbery, etc...or just an old-fashioned disappearance.


which means they have something so damning the government would kill for it, so they say...and they are NOT telling the American people I have a problem with that based on what they SAY they are FOR. Yes, they are probably in danger....LONG before this. THIS sounds like EXTORTION...
grandmab125
by Gold Member on Aug. 19, 2013 at 8:59 PM
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 Wow, the fog is getting more and more dense.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting Goodwoman614:

 

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it

Did you read the OP?

It is their insurance against being bumped off by the US government. 

You know, in a mysterious car accident/plane crash/robbery, etc...or just an old-fashioned disappearance.

 

which means they have something so damning the government would kill for it, so they say...and they are NOT telling the American people I have a problem with that based on what they SAY they are FOR. Yes, they are probably in danger....LONG before this. THIS sounds like EXTORTION...

 

grandma B

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Aug. 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting Goodwoman614:



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it

Did you read the OP?

It is their insurance against being bumped off by the US government. 

You know, in a mysterious car accident/plane crash/robbery, etc...or just an old-fashioned disappearance.


which means they have something so damning the government would kill for it, so they say...and they are NOT telling the American people I have a problem with that based on what they SAY they are FOR. Yes, they are probably in danger....LONG before this. THIS sounds like EXTORTION...

This is extortion....IMO warranted.

Goodwoman614
by Satan on Aug. 19, 2013 at 11:49 PM



Quoting turtle68:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Quoting Goodwoman614:



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

I thought WL was about giving people the information?

So why are they with holding this info?

Release it

Did you read the OP?

It is their insurance against being bumped off by the US government. 

You know, in a mysterious car accident/plane crash/robbery, etc...or just an old-fashioned disappearance.


which means they have something so damning the government would kill for it, so they say...and they are NOT telling the American people I have a problem with that based on what they SAY they are FOR. Yes, they are probably in danger....LONG before this. THIS sounds like EXTORTION...

This is extortion....IMO warranted.

Warranted? Absolutely.

this government - my government - is the government of extrajudicial detaining, and killing OF AMERICAN CITIZENS. 


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