Wikileaks takes out Insurance

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Wikileaks Afghan War Diary 2004-2010

It seems that Wikileaks has posted a massive (1.4 GB, 10x larger than all the other files on the page combined) heavily encrypted file on it’s dedicated “Afghan War Diary” page labeled simply “Insurance”.

Possibly in response to the harsh rhetoric issuing from the US DoD regarding Wikileak’s founder, Julian Assange (including the rumored price on his head), sometime last Sunday afternoon the new file was quietly uploaded with no explanation.

The Daily Beast is reporting the Pentagon has a manhunt currently underway for Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange.

Investigators from the Pentagon are flocking out and “are desperately searching” for the white-haired sage of openness and accountability. The US is apparently convinced that whistleblower Bradley Manning, who was arrested two weeks ago, did indeed hand over 260,000 US diplomatic cables concerning the Middle East over to Wikileaks….

The US intelligence apparatus is currently trying to figure out how to come to terms with Wikileaks. A counterintelligence report  called the site “a potential force protection, counterintelligence, operational security (OPSEC, and information security(INFOSEC) threat to the US Army”. It recommended “the identification, exposure, termination of employment, criminal prosecution, legal action against current or former insiders, leakers, or whistleblowers could potentially damage or destroy this centre of gravity and deter others considering similar actions from using the web site”.

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As Wired puts it,

Cryptome, a separate secret-spilling site, has speculated that the new file added days later may have been posted as insurance in case something happens to the WikiLeaks website  or to the organization’s founder, Julian Assange. In either scenario, WikiLeaks volunteers, under a prearranged agreement with Assange, could send out a password or passphrase to allow anyone who has downloaded the file to open it.

It’s not known what the file contains but it could include the balance of data that U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning claimed to have leaked to Assange before he was arrested in May.

It would seem that the only way “Insurance” would work is if many many many people downloaded that particular file and saved it for a rainy day, no???



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  1. their ingenious and intriguing bit of under the radar insurance.

  2. and will take some time to download, even on a fast connection 😉

    • Edger on July 31, 2010 at 19:23

    on my high speed cable connection. I’ll do that after 11:30 or so – I need to use the computer during an 11am phone meeting.

    Would you post this on Antemedius, Lisa?

    • melvin on July 31, 2010 at 20:25

    they seek him there

    that damned elusive Pimpernel

    Odd isn’t it that Assange’s personal insurance is his very lack of anonymity, his public visibility? Adulated in Iceland, popping up at TED for a standing ovation, calling ad hoc press conferences whenever and wherever he likes, certain that they will be jam packed.

    • melvin on July 31, 2010 at 23:01

    Fox News. One of their second stringers, Gregg Jarret, is calling for Assange’s execution for treason.

  3. with great encryption comes great responsibility.

  4. Who else can guarantee safe travel to distant provinces?

    Who else can protect you from foreigners?

    Who will uphold the empire?

    Is not Rome the center of the universe, and all its citizens priviledged?

    Spartacus will be captured and Rome triumphant. And the people will celebrate. It is ordered!

    • ANKOSS on August 1, 2010 at 02:49

    Wikileaks posting of the “insurance” file is the equivalent of the shot heard round the world. It is very likely that this was done in response to credible threats of harm from secret state agencies willing and able to murder.

    We are witnessing the first direct struggle between a stateless global Internet organization and one or more nation states. The outcome will give us a deeper insight in to the prospects for the emergence of a Netstate and the fading into irrelevance of geostates.

    Whatever happens to Assange, he has become an historic figure, a man whose extraordinary courage is a beacon of hope in an increasingly corrupt and oppressive world.

  5. This is pretty high tech stuff for me, so I don’t mean to seem ignorant, but do you download the page “Wikileaks Afghan War Diary 2004-2010?,” or do you have to download each link within the subjects?

    Also, once downloaded, why couln’t it be “burned” to a CD disk and then delete the hard-drive downloaded version — couldn’t it be kept that way?

    Julian Assange is one brave human being, exposing all the “dirty laundry.”  I hope he can be safe.  Disgusting to think that there’s a price on his head for exposing the TRUTH!  Credit should also be given to whoever gets information to him.

    Thanks, again, Lisa!  

  6. …I got here late (so what else is new) as usual.  But really want to commend you for putting this forward.

  7. You have a piece of paper which says you have X amount of dollars in your 401K.  That 401 finanaced the Chinese factory which pays the whopping sum of 86 cents per hour for Calvin Klein dress shirts that sell here for 90 bucks.

    Swine flu is the this years seasonal flu shot so I will pass.

    They say the unemployment check is in the mail but I will believe it when I see it.

    You can’t let your kids have fun by owning a trampolene

    You must have a fence to guard the now green suburban swimming pool and the fire department will come to your house and put out the fire but also point out the numerous code violations which will deny insurance coverage.  It is the Darwin Awards all over again and corporate wants to sell you the mere illusions of normalcy just so the head guy can rake in 1.78 billion or so, at your expense of course.

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