Wikileaks has posted a mysterious 1.4GB encrypted file on its Afghan War Diary page labeled "Insurance File," and speculation is rife that it contains explosive secrets whose decryption will be enabled should the U.S. national security state take measures against Julian Assange or Wikileaks, blogger Lisa Lockwood said Saturday.[1]  --  PC World reported that the mysterious file is "encrypted in AES256."[2]  --  (This is a reference to the 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard, a symmetric-key encryption standard that is used to encrypt top secret U.S. government documents.)  --  Those seeking insights into Julian Assange's thinking may wish to examine a PDF file posted Saturday by the website Cryptome, which is said to contain some of his writing on how he hopes to, in his words, "radically shift regime behavior."  --  Briefly, in these documents, written in late 2006, Assange states that "authoritarian power" (as opposed to democratic power) is an achievement of "the political elite" that is "maintained by conspiracy," and that "conspiracies are cognitive devices."  --  Against this, the author says he is seeking "a course of ennobling and effective action to replace the structures that lead to bad governance with something better."  --  This action involves understanding "how new technology and insights into the psychological motivations of authoritarian conspirators, foment strong resistance to authoritarian planning and create powerful incentives for more humane forms of governance." ...



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By Lisa Lockwood

July 31, 2010

Wikileaks Afghanistan War Diary

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."  (See link above)

Possibly in response to the harsh rhetoric issuing from the U.S. 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 U.S. is apparently convinced that whistleblower Bradley Manning, who was arrested two weeks ago, did indeed hand over 260,000 U.S. diplomatic cables concerning the Middle East over to Wikileaks. . . . The U.S. 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 U.S. 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 center 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" will work is if many, many, many people download that particular file and save it for a rainy day, no???

Wikileaks Insurance file link



By John P. Mello

PC World

July 31, 2010

A mystery file with the name "Insurance" has been posted to the web page where earlier this week some 77,000 secret documents about the Afghan war were leaked.  The 1.4GB file is ten times larger than all the other files on Wikileaks' Afghan War Diary page combined and is encrypted in AES256.

The file may be "insurance" against an attack on the site by the U.S. Justice or Defense departments, noted a posting at Cryptome, a site that "welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance."

"Wonder if it includes the 15,000 Afghan files withheld, or the original raw files, or perhaps much more," the posting says.

The thinking is should anything happen to Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange or the website, the holder of the key to decrypt the insurance file could post it publically where it could be grabbed by anyone who has downloaded the file and its contents revealed.

Assange said earlier this week that Wikileaks has 15,000 more documents on the war.  The possibility that those documents could be released prompted the White House to plead today with the organization not to make any more Afghan conflict docs public.  "We can do nothing but implore the person that has those classified top secret documents not to post any more," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on NBC's "Today Show."

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."