Skip to comments.WikiLeaks founder uploads mystery file (WikiLeak Blackmails US and Blames US for Dead Informants)
Posted on 08/01/2010 2:55:37 AM PDT by tlb
Julian Assange has uploaded a file called insurance to the website and elsewhere. The file is 1.4 gigabytes, a thousand times larger than the recently leaked documents.
It is estimated that even the fastest computer would take millions of years to decrypt the file.
It is believed that Assange may have distributed the pass key to supporters, who could release it to the public.
The contents of the file are unknown. However, the recent release of documents, detailing the coalitions experiences in Afghanistan, are not part of the 500,000 documents from Iraq, alleged to have been sent to WikLeaks by Bradley Manning.
Admiral. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that Assange and WikiLeaks may already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family.
An angry Assange responded by asking Why is the Pentagon focusing on the hypothetical blood on our hands, which has never been proved, rather than the real blood of the 20,000 deaths revealed in the documents?
The top whistle blower, also criticized the US for sloppy and unprofessional security. WikiLeaks only uses code names internally for sources. Assange criticised the accessibility of the documents, saying, the information, including names of informants, was available to every member of the U.S. military and every U.S. contractor not just in Afghanistan but all over the world. The military has acted in a disgraceful and careless way.
Assange told reporters that he has plenty more material to be published, including very significant information on the BP oil spill and abuses in the US military, including sexual abuse.
In the meantime, the mystery file is being downloaded by many people, waiting for the key.
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Possible bluff, but it's not like anybody in this administration will call him on it. Further even without the "insurance" I saw nothing to make me think anybody would move against him regardless.
Apparently though he has been stung by those who say he is getting Afghani informants killed.
How could a 22-year old get TS clearance??? and why was the data that he processed not compartmentalized?
Meanwhile, the Taliban appears to be carefully combing the documents that have been leaked. “We will investigate through our own secret service whether the people mentioned [in the Wikileaks documents] are really spies working for the U.S.,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Britain’s Channel 4 News. “If they are U.S. spies, then we know how to punish them.”
The man is either a stupid fool or writer has it wrong. No encryption software exists today that the government can’t break in a few days with their massively parallel arrayed decryption computers.
Any service person can get a TS clearance, but they do not receive any more classified info for which they have a “need to know” to do their job. Everythign is segmented and compartmentalized. He may have been hacking and stealing info.
I wish Wikileaks would do something patriotic FOR the USA, expose Obamas past, his history, all his credential, the entire enchilada, from the Dunham side of the family selling B-29 plans to the Russians to the connections of the American Communist party and rumored financial backing from Castro and his 50 years dream of ultimate revenge upon America.
this guy needs to get acquainted with the business end of a Mossad hushpuppy
Why did it take the military four years to get MSRAP vehicles that have been around for fifty years? Why launch Challenger against your engineers in freezing weather? Why spend trillions on urban renewal, HUD, Fresh Start when for decades it has been shown not to work but make things worse?
Why have one CIA Director surfing Russian porn sites with his issued laptop and another NS Director smuggling out documents in his pants?
We’re talking government. You think anyone is going to fall for having a gay, battalion intel clerk get this stuff?
I’d love to hear from any legal experts on the forum if this guy can hypothetically be tried for treason and sentenced to the death penalty if found guilty. Although not likely to happen with this administration, I’d still like to know if it’s possible.
For the sake of national security though, it would be good if he disappeared.
there may have already been soemone who fell for that gay intel clerk...and that’s how the gay intel clerk got his information.
If 1.4 gb is 1000 times larger than the previous release, that’d mean that the previous release was only 1.4 MB... small enough to fit on an old-fashioned (1980s) floppy drive.
I am not any kind of expert.
But I recall about ten years ago, when I had to reactivate a clearance, I asked the FBI interviewer what the status of the Designated Counties List was, and he said with disgust, "It's not politically correct any more".
That said, regardless that I doubt anything will be done, the people responsible and the people in the press who republished it need to be whacked. Today.
If they needed it for his job; and all communications types need high level security clearances, they would have a background investigation and if passed, given the appropriiate clearance. I’d have to guess there may have been some in that age group on the USS Pueblo. The reserve unit I joined in the late ‘60s was a group of cryptologists. I had a TS by 20 y/o.
Same here in the early 70’s. US Army 31S
The reserve unit I joined in the late 60s was a group of cryptologists. I had a TS by 20 y/o.
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I went to CT”R” SCO 1957 and had full BI while in Boot Camp (17yo) and received INT TS around 19 (if not earlier, not sure what was reqd for CT SCO) while aboard ship as RM and working as Cryptographer and around TS material...as they said, though most was need to know or ‘eyes only’.
Assange is not just ni fear of US government. The Aussie military intelligence hierarchy have been hounding him weeks before he first announced the preannouncement of the big leak.
Fair to say the military intelligence in the Anglosphere and Commonwealth all have him on their radar.
Can’t remember. Gays from elite British schools, ‘meeting’ American elite gays, all passing on to the Soviets.
Philby. Never turn your back on a man who calls himself “Kim.” Nyuk...nyuk...nyuk.
“WikiLeak Blackmails US and Blames US for Dead Informants”
He’s engaging in the same tactics used by Democrats.
(Another ally of the Democrat Party.)
I read some of these action reports yesterday. Hard to see how the vast bulk of what I read could be of use to the enemy. Maybe some names in there, but I did not see any.
It’s also very hard to see how this is going to galvanize opposition to the war.
I think this guy’s efforts are as likely to escalate the war as help bring it to an end. Neither is very likely, but it would be interesting if his efforts backfired and actually caused an escalation of the war.
The application only checks your background to the age of 18.
It may also be that he didn't have a TS clearance - it may be that the Washington Post has no idea that there's any difference between a TS and an S clearance, and that any classified data is always compartmentalized in some manner by the "Need To Know" paperwork. There is no access without the proper clearance and the proper NTK.
bookmark for later read
Burgess and Blum and several others
Incl the Canadian Ambassador to Egypt
70 Members of UK Parliament were alleged by KGB defectors to be secret members of (ie spying for) the UK Communist Party.
A recent FR post LISTED 70 members of the US Congress as confirmed members of the Socialist Party USA...........
Wonder why we are going down the road we are .........??????????????
Project Bovine RC5-64 possibly the fastest computer on earth has recently reached a speed of 76.1 Billion passwords per second!
No sympathy with Assange, but the trick of posting encrypted information on the web to discourage official retribution may be useful for others with more worthy causes.
Age has nothing to do with TS clearance. It is all about the background check and interview and today a lot of those are done by third party for the military.
Would he happen to have any birth certificates in his file?
The chart you showed says the toughest encryption would take 83.5 days to crack at 1 billion passwords per second. Divide your 83.5 / 76.1 = 1.09 days for Project Bovine to crack.
The man is either a stupid fool or writer has it wrong. No encryption software exists today that the government cant break in a few days with their massively parallel arrayed decryption computers.
Maybe. But suppose all that's in there is random numbers: could a government that wanted to move against Assange be sure it was that, and not data that their decryption efforts had failed to read?
Wikipedia says this is the worlds current fastest computer:
In November 2009, the AMD Opteron-based Cray XT5 Jaguar at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory was announced as the fastest operational supercomputer, with a sustained processing rate of 1.759 PFLOPS. 
I’m sure somewhere the military has stuff that’s faster,
if not the same.
Was Wikileaker Bradley Manning Betrayed By His Queer Identity?
Was Wikileaker Bradley Manning Betrayed By His Queer Identity?It’s been speculated that alleged Army leaker, PFC Bradley Manning, is transgendered. We’ve found evidence that strongly suggests Manning has some sort of LGBT identity, and that the man who snitched on him exploited this to win his trust.
Twenty-two year-old army intelligence specialist Bradley Manning was arrested May 26th for allegedly leaking the notorious Iraq Apache attack helicopter video and more than a quarter million classified State Department documents to secret-sharing website Wikileaks. He was turned in by his confidant, ex-hacker Adrian Lamo. Lamo then gave logs of his chats with Manning to Wired’s Kevin Poulsen, who broke the story of Manning’s arrest.
There are many unanswered questions about this storythe largest of which is: Why would Manning trust an ex-hacker he had never met enough to confess, almost immediately, via instant message, his terrible Wikileaks secretsomething he knew could put him in prison for a long time? Lamo told Salon that Manning found him by doing a Twitter search for “Wikileaks,” and that he doesn’t know what motivated his confession. Yeah fucking right.
Wired suggested Manning sensed a “kindred-spirit in the ex-hacker” Lamo. But Manning and Lamo also apparently share something stronger than a fondness for breaking into computer systems: An LGBT identity. Lamo is an out bisexual, while an increasing number of clues suggest that Manning is, if not transgendered, deeply uncertain about his sexuality and/or gender. Interviews with Lamo’s acquaintances and a close reading of the chat logs suggest Lamo traded on this identity to exploit Manning at his most vulnerable, as questions about his sexuality were unbearably pressing on his personal and professional lives......
That being said, I am sure that JA is aware of this and using the best possible methods that he is aware of.
Can you run the numbers to see what would happen using the bove parameters?
Besides, the govt. will eventually crack it (probably 4Chan also) to see what it is, if it's legit, then they will know if he is bluffing or going "all in."
Two problems, one is that it almost impossible to create a random key no matter how hard you try. Second, is that I suspect that the government has the backdoors for all currently available encryption programs.
Next, it would take the maximum length of time required under impossible long odds. The computer has a 1 in 20 chance of guessing the password after just 5% of the time required. A 1 in 4 chance of having guessed the password after 25% of the time has expired, etc...
They checked everyone who knew me in high school I was 21. The question of compartmentalization is right on target how ever. The question that should have been asked was : What was his need to know.
I had a TS NOFORN in Europe in 1960.
and my summer time jobs and what neighborhood I drove through.
They checked everyone who knew me in high school
I was 21.
The question of compartmentalization is right on target how ever.
The question that should have been asked was :
What was his need to know.
And where was Counter Intel? How did he have a blog and an active Facebook account?
Not “totally”, assuming record is clear, doesn’t hang out with Marxists, radical professors, live abroad, not have a birth certificate, have multiple social security numbers, etc. yea, that may put a block on your background check.
BTW the Private who leaked the stuff is a radical Gay.
It is estimated that even the fastest computer would take millions of years to decrypt the file.
Textbook example for a non sequitur.
The file size has absolutely nothing to do with how long it would take to break the encryption code. A 1kB file encrypted with the same key would take exactly as long to decrypt.
I held a TS w/SBI at 18.
If the file is too short it can not be decrypted as there would be several possible solutions. In order to have a definite solution the corpus should have a certain minimum length.
“Top Secret” clearances are a dime a dozen in our government. The recent Washington Post investigation revealed there are over 800,000 people who have them. What’s more absurd is that they are given for every job imaginable inside the federal beast - everything from an analyst at the Pentagon down to the guy who makes travel arrangements for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Yes, of course. 1kB was extreme just to make a point. Make it 1 MB or 10MB then.
I take it you haven’t studied encryption.
Why? He’s exposing the inanity of this war, which the media and the military are trying to keep hidden. Sounds more like heroism than treason.
I don’t think any encryption algorithm is safe against a multi-million dollar supercomputer array system designed to crack encrypted files.
I don’t know what the dollar value is of the most advance technology the government current employs, but I know there are massively arrayed super-fast computers dedicated to breaking encryption. I doubt anything this guy used would be safe. Especially, since the story says he handed the key out to several people. There is no such thing as a secret if two if more than one person knows.
The file is 1.4 gigabytes, a thousand times larger than the recently leaked documents. It is estimated that even the fastest computer would take millions of years to decrypt the file.The estimate is from someone who has never used anything north of an abacus. :') Thanks AdmSmith!