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WikiLeaks Posts Encrypted ‘Insurance’ File

From their awestruck fans at the Associated Press:

WikiLeaks posts huge encrypted file to Web

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER
August 5, 2010

LONDON — Online whistle-blower WikiLeaks has posted a huge encrypted file named "Insurance" to its website, sparking speculation that those behind the organization may be prepared to release more classified information if authorities interfere with them.

At 1.4 gigabytes, the file is 20 times larger than the batch of 77,000 secret U.S. military documents about Afghanistan that WikiLeaks dumped onto the Web last month, and cryptographers say that the file is virtually impossible to crack — unless WikiLeaks releases the key used to encode the material.

"There’s no way that anyone has any chance of figuring out what’s in there," Paul Kocher, president of US-based Cryptography Research, said Thursday…

Oddly enough, we happen to have a multi-trillion dollar intelligence agency that specializes in cracking “impossible to crack” encrypted files.

That hasn’t stopped bloggers and journalists from speculating. Some say the files could be the 15,000 or so intelligence reports which WikiLeaks says it’s held back for vetting. Others, pointing to its enormous size, say it could be a compilation of the 260,000 classified diplomatic cables allegedly accessed by Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning…

Editor-in-chief Julian Assange was a bit more expansive… in his response to the same line of questioning in a television interview with independent U.S. news network Democracy Now! earlier this week.

In case their was still any doubt as to Mr. Assange’s political affinities, here is some background on the America-hating miscreants behind Democracy Now!

"I think it’s better that we don’t comment on that," Assange said, according to the network’s transcript of the interview. "But, you know, one could imagine in a similar situation that it might be worth ensuring that important parts of history do not disappear." …

Manning, currently jailed on suspicion of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks in a previous case, has been quoted as saying that the cables would expose "almost criminal political back dealings" and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would "have a heart attack" when the files went public…

"The question is," Kocher said, "is it a bluff or is it something more substantial?"

The question is whether WikiLeaks will be allowed to get away with espionage and now extortion. But, of course, it is a rhetorical question.

We know that the Obama administration would never go after one of their own.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “WikiLeaks Posts Encrypted ‘Insurance’ File”

  1. finebammer59 says:

    “Manning, currently jailed on suspicion of leaking classified material to WikiLeaks in a previous case, has been quoted as saying that the cables would expose “almost criminal political back dealings” and that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would “have a heart attack” when the files went public…”

    pictures of her in granny panties peeking in berlusconi’s window…….

    I’d have a heart attack too.

  2. hushpuppy says:

    …260,000 classified diplomatic cables allegedly accessed by Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning…

    I find it really difficult to believe that the Army would assign a PFC to be an intelligence analyst!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      You have to look at it a different way.

      By and large, the armed forces has quotas they have to fill as people matriculate through their careers. Therefore, there is set criteria for filling jobs/positions vacated by someone who got promoted and has moved up.

      Trainees are, of course, wearing few or no stripes on their sleeves but one thing not understood by the general public, because so few people ever go into the military anymore, is that one private is not the same as another private. By that I mean, they have to take a test, as all military applicants do, called the ASVAB, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which will show where they are intelligence and ability-wise. If the scores are low, they are not eligible to apply for that job.

      It’s my estimation that Manning scored pretty high on the ASVAB tests and went to technical school as per the Army’s requirements to begin training in that field. Naturally, a new member of the Army doesn’t become an intelligence analyst right away but there are steps and gates along the way. With each step comes more autonomy and the individual will eventually be a (more or less) sole, independent operator and can make decisions for themselves with rules and guidelines for doing so clearly spelled out.

      Plus, there’s PME, “Professional Military Education” which is an ongoing thing every so many months and so on. It can be pretty intense and it involves heavy immersion in the subject matter. But it’s not just material involved with the military member’s job; It’s also ongoing military history, customs and courtesies, leadership training, etc.

      Additionally, there is national security training and it heavily hammers the responsibilities involved with handling classified materials.

      It’s all very involved.

      And, the requirements for advancement are a little different in the intelligence career field than they are in, say, infantry.

      Much of that is based on how they are classified after taking the ASVAB, whether they can apply to be a specialist or a simple grunt. (No disrespect to grunts.)

      However, where Manning went off the tracks is most likely, he somehow got the idea that he could either “change the world” or someone got ahold of him and convinced him to do what he did. Or, he was feeling pretty full of himself and felt he could be a real “mover and shaker”. At this point, it really doesn’t matter; The UCMJ will pretty much ferret out his motives and punishment.

      One also has to remember that the largest number of military members is younger than 25. As the promotions come and people make a career of it, the numbers get fewer. (The higher, the fewer, etc). Since there are billets for x number of staff sergeants, not everyone will be able to fit that grade and thus, will either remain in their current grade and get out eventually or, will try harder to make the next higher grade in order to be able to stay in.

      And it’s even more competitive for officers.

      But where Manning was in his job, sure, he could’ve had a lot of responsibility at a very young age and very low rank. I do not know what his background is, but I can be pretty sure he tested high on his aptitude batteries and did pretty well in tech school and was probably doing well in his career field before he got derailed. But, it’s a choice he’s going to have to live with now. And this is not the first time when young people make bad choices that affect their whole lives.

      It’s sad, really, but necessary.

    • proreason says:

      “before he got derailed”

      I don’t disagree with anything you said about this Rusty, but I believe it is more likely that Manning was a plant from the beginning rather than a person who was compromised along the way. I know the latter has happened, but if I was trying to subvert the country, I would not want to risk my efforts on recruits who I didn’t have time to thoroughly brainwash ahead of time. I would be willing to send a hundred in, betting that one or two would emerge in useful places, than to depend on dubious commitment levels.

      This is also, in my mind, the main reason I beleive that the boy king is a manchurian. American libersals traditionally could not hold up after the public inevitably turned on them. Witness LBJ, Jimmy Carter, and Bubba, all of who withered in one way or another after the people discovered who they were.

      But the boy king is unperturbed by far more intense rage than any of those three ever encountered. He is far more committed than it is possible to be without intense indoctrination.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I can see that but I actually think he was subverted by someone who turned a “sympathetic” ear to him in either a chatroom or similar. He may have been expressing his frustration and the military’s youth are especially bendable when someone hears their pleas of “mistreatment” or “unfairness”.

      You’ve said it yourself that today’s youth are all about “unfairness” because once they get into the real world and find out that not everyone gets a trophy just for being there, they start with the delayed feelings of insecurity and are completely helpless as to how to cope using their own brains. Therefore, susceptible to outside guidance and influence.

      All part of the socialist construct.

      I was raised to think for myself, blame myself when I did it wrong but also determine how to improve and what I needed to do to achieve better results. Not so much with today’s youth.

      I think he was usurped. Not excusing him…he’s an adult and has to face the music. Hard lesson to learn though. But you will see more of this, I’m certain. I fall back on the speech that Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessup says, paraphrasing, “words like honor, code, loyalty are used as a punchline.”

      So it would be easy to usurp Manning if the opportunity arose and he could scratch the itch of feeling insecure. In his career field, I’m pretty sure there were not a lot of peers of his grade around so he had no foils to banter ideas about with. He probably had internal difficulty and couldn’t express his frustrations if there were any. He was a first-termer surrounded by NCO’s and officers. Alone in his world and when he did something wrong, or was perhaps lightly admonished, he was used to a world where failure was rewarded and didn’t know how to cope.

      So, possibly, turning to the internet for support in a chat room, gets somehow discovered by bad people and then…manipulated.

      It’s only one possible scenario but I tend to doubt he was a plant. Not to say it’s impossible. It has done irreparable harm to the nation and especially the military and mission in Afghanistan and…I can willingly admit that may have been the intent all along.

  3. canary says:

    hushpuppy, I looked through the MOSs and found they are 96Bs (96 Bravo) MOSs all have fancy titles even for an E-1 Private. These skill level’s are irrelevant to the “intitial” MOS rerequisits. My only duty in clearing was to check for mental soundness, which did not detail if the soldier was able to keep a secret or not. I do not recall anyone lower than a Staff Sgt seeking clearance. It says must be a high school graduate at this link. The 2nd link has below it information that could cause grave harm if released. My opinion is how information is labeled as to classified, restricted, would play a key in if it’s criminal, or if military codes labeling information in a manner it can not be shared could lead to military punishment. My opinion is If a civilian releases something that is labeled in such a way it says it is restricted & and cannot be released then they can be fined. I’ve seen things labeled that if someone recieves this restricted information, even by mistake, they can not share it and must return it to the sending party. So, it’s possible that to charge this soldier or wiki-leak would be how the information was leaked.

    For some reason it’s not being stopped. And I don’t think Obama would mind Hillary Clinton having a heart attack, but to say they believe it could cause Hillary Clinton a heart attack would show they think it could cause harm, so that’s a dumb thing to say publically if Hillary has a heart condition. It may just be a slang statement. :) I imagine a PFC would be skill level 1

    http://www.us-army-info.com/pages/mos/intelligence/96b.html

    Major Duties: The intelligence analyst supervises, performs, or coordinates,….. Duties for the MOS 96B at each skill level are:

    Skill Levels
    Skill Level 1 MOSC 96B1O. Prepares all source intelligence products to support the combat commander. Assists in establishing and maintaining systematic, cross-referenced intelligence records and files. Receives and processes incoming reports and messages. Assists in determining significance and reliability of incoming information. Assists in integrating incoming information with current intelligence holdings and prepares and maintains the situation map. Assists in the analysis and evaluation of intelligence holdings to determine changes in enemy capabilities,…. Assembles and proofreads intelligence reports ….
    Skill Level 2 MOSC 96B2O. … Considers enemy Order of Battle records in the development of collection tasks and assessment of enemy vul-nerabilities and probable courses of action. Assists in the preparation of reports on captured enemy material. Drafts periodic and special intelligence reports, plans, and briefings.etc
    Skill Level 3 MOSC 96B3O. …. Supervises the receipt, analysis, dissemination, and storage of intelligence information. Supervises the IPB process….etc
    Skill Level 4 MOSC 96B4O. … Assembles enemy intelligence information and material. Coordinates flow of intelligence information between intelligence disciplines and supervises the all source production process……etc
    Skill Level 5 MOSC 96B5O. ..

    (1) Physical Demands Rating: medium (2) Physical Profile: 222221 (3) Normal color vision.(4) Minimum score of 105 in aptitude area ST.(5) The soldier must meet TOP SECRET security clearance and Sensitive Compartmented information (SCI) access eligibility requirements.(6) A high school graduate.(7) Never been a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, except as specified in AR 614-200, chapter 1.(8) No information in military personnel, Provost Marshal, intelligence, or medical records which will prevent the granting of security clearance under AR 380-67.(9) No record of conviction by court-martial.(10) No record of conviction by a civil court for any offense other than minor traffic violations.(11) The soldier must be a U.S. citizen. etc etc etc
    corresponding to any of the above persons in loco parentis (AR 630-5, para 6-2b).
    (13) Have neither commercial nor vested interest in a country within whose boundaries physical or mental coercion is known to be a common practice against persons acting in the interest of the U.S…etc(14) Be advised that due to the nature of training and assignments, temporary restrictions may be placed on foreign travel both during and after the term of service.
    (15) Meet career management and development criteria contained in AR 600-200, AR 614-200, and DA Pam 351-4.
    (16) etc

    The major duties, physical demands, physical profile, and skill levels were obtained from Army Pamphlet 611-21.
    MOS List for Military Intelligence

    http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/generalinfo/a/security.htm
    in part
    the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security…etc
    TOP SECRET: Applied to information or material the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.etc…In addition to the above, some classified information is so sensitive that even the extra protection measures applied to Top Secret information are not sufficient. This information is known as “Sensitive Compartmented Information” (SCI) or Special Access Programs (SAP), and one needs special “SCI Access” or SAP approval to be given access to this information…etc”For Official Use Only” is not a security classification. It is used to protect information covered under the Privacy Act, and other sensitive data.

    • canary says:

      And I think releasing soldiers names, as the enemy countries have acess to the internet would endanger the soldiers, is traitorous. But, say there are some high up individuals that I won’t name, such as profitting $, or endangering troops for political reasons, or unnecessarily endangering our soldiers, by enforcing serving tea, might be okay. Many following orders can be excused, and it’s the very top person in command who should take responsibilty. No telling how the media will report or not report whatever is being leaked, but they don’t appear to be.

      And I think our troops are within their rights and human nature to cheer & be happy as can be when they shoot down muslim monsters.

  4. proreason says:

    Is it traitorous if the president and the government approves and encourages the action?

    I view it as a strategy.

    • canary says:

      yes, the president is the top of the chain of command, who is too busy keeping up with Lindsey Lohan jail time, and flying the Presidential copter around, while AF1&2 & 72 security detail keeping step with Michelle & party, in case she breaks a heel.

  5. MrBill says:

    Whenever I see Julian Assweepay’s smug face I just want to slap it. Does that make me a bad person?


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