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Finally cracked the encryption to US military video in which journalists, among others, are shot. Thanks to all who donated $/CPUs.
WikiLeaks has promised to reveal a Pentagon murder cover-up at the US National Press Club on April 5. Although, very little information is available about the nature of the information available to WikiLeaks, it is definitely sensitive enough to prompt the US government into action.
A flurry of recent updates on the official WikiLeaks Twitter account suggests that they are currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Here are the recent tweets by WikiLeaks in chronological order:
WikiLeaks is currently under an aggressive US and Icelandic surveillance operation. Following/photographing/filming/detaining.
If anything happens to us, you know why: it is our Apr 5 film. And you know who is responsible.
Two under State Dep diplomatic cover followed our editor from Iceland to skup.no... on Thursday.
One related person was detained for 22 hours. Computer’s seized.That’s www.skup.no...
We know our possession of the decrypted airstrike video is now being discussed at the highest levels of US command.
If you know more about the operations against us, contact secure....__._/
We have been shown secret photos of our production meetings and been asked specific questions during detention related to the airstrike.
We have airline records of the State Dep/CIA tails. Don’t think you can get away with it. You cannot. This is WikiLeaks.
In the past, WikiLeaks has played a pivotal role in exposing wrongdoing. It has managed to remain true to its principle of only publishing documents of political, diplomatic, historical or ethical interest. Over the years, it has managed to gain both respect and reputation for making a positive impact.
At the moment, the big question is, did WikiLeaks byte off more than it can chew?
Wikileaks has cracked the encryption to a key document relating to the war in Afghanistan. The document, titled “NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative”, details the “story” NATO representatives are to give to, and to avoid giving to, journalists.
An unrelated leaked photo from the war: a US soldier poses with a dead Afghani man, in the hills of Afghanistan
The encrypted document, which is dated October 6, and believed to be current, can be found on the Pentagon Central Command website “oneteam.centcom.mil”: [UPDATE Fri Feb 27 15:18:38 GMT 2009: the entire Pentagon site is now down--probably in response to this editorial]
The encryption password is progress, which perhaps reflects the Pentagon’s desire to stay on-message, even to itself.
Among the revelations, which we encourage the press to review in detail, is Jordan’s presense as secret member of the US lead occupation force, the ISAF.
Jordan is a middle eastern monarchy, backed by the US, and historically the CIA’s closest partner in its extraordinary renditions program. “the practice of torture is routine” in the country, according to a January 2007 report by UN special investigator for torture, Manfred Nowak.
The document states NATO spokespersons are to keep Jordan’s involvement secret. Publicly, Jordan withdrew in 2001 and the country does not appear on this month’s public list of ISAF member states.
Some other notes on matters to treat delicately are:
Any decision on the end date/end state will be taken by the respective national and/or Alliance political committee. Under no circumstances should the mission end-date be a topic for speculation in public by any NATO/ISAF spokespeople.
The term “compensation” is inappropriate and should not be used because it brings with it legal implications that do not apply.
Any talk of stationing or deploying Russian military assets in Afghanistan is out of the question and has never been the subject of any considerations.
Only if pressed: ISAF forces are frequently fired at from inside Pakistan, very close to the border. In some cases defensive fire is required, against specific threats. Wherever possible, such fire is pre-coordinated with the Pakistani military.
Altogether four classified or restricted NATO documents on the Pentagon Central Command (CENTCOM) site were discovered to share the ‘progress’ password. Wikileaks has decrypted the documents and released them in full:
NATO Media Operations Centre: NATO in Afghanistan: Master Narrative, 6 Oct 2008
ISAF Afghanistan Theatre Strategic Communications Strategy, 25 Oct 2008
NATO-ISAF Afghanistan Strategic Communications External Linkages, 20 Oct 2008
NATO-ISAF Strategic Communications Ends, Ways and Means, slide, 20 Oct 2008
Now that’s progress.