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If WikiLeaks wanted to prove that their "insurance" was the real thing, they should have done this:
- Encrypt each document with a separate AES key.
- Ask someone to publicly tell them to choose a random document.
- Publish the decryption key for that document only.
That would be convincing.
In any case, some of the details might be wrong. The file might not be encrypted with AES256. It might be Blowfish. It might be OpenSSL. It might be something else. Some more info here.
Originally posted by dudez
You will not be able to do anything with it in any way until it's decrypted: i'm quite comfortable to say it has been encrypted by the openssl utility or something else using the openssl libraries due to the "Salted__" magic number you noticed in it: the type of cypher being used, however, is still open to debate although AES256 has been mostly mentioned due to the obvious reference made by the file's extension, but this isn't certain at all.
Originally posted by misinformational
I was reading a couple of WL articles when an idea popped into my head. A bit of speculation here:
Suppose that Wikileaks is worried about releasing material that would place them in obvious and direct legal liability. Suppose then, that instead of releasing the material, they encrypted it and threw it up on their site - under the guise of "insurance".
Should these suppositions hold water, then one could deduct that, in fact, WL did encrypt this material with a key(s) that were easily, or perhaps just possibly, guessed. In doing this, one could possibly conclude that this particular means of dissemination would allow WL to plausibly-deny they ever intended to release the material to begin with, relinquishing them of any legal liability
If only speculating mattered.
[edit on 4-8-2010 by misinformational]
Originally posted by wayno
reply to post by Discotech
In theory the file and WL could be a total setup or sting operation. However, if you read any history about the man in charge you see that there is too much there to be a setup. He has a track record and long history of statements that suggest he is a person obsessed with getting the truth out governments usually want covered up.
This man is just what the doctor ordered for our sick society. Its time to air the dirty laundry that has been hidden from sight too long.
Originally posted by okachobi
I wonder if Assange realizes that no matter what is in the file, he has now made himself a target of intelligence services outside the US that would like to know the contents of the file. Those most interested in damning information about US involvement in the middle east would be the terrorist organizations.
I'd say its no longer the US government he needs to be concerned about. If all it takes is him going missing and being killed for the information to be released, then he just painted a target on his head for the US's enemies. Not smart.
Des utilisateurs du forum abovetopsecrets ont fait le calcul : si Wikileaks a bien en sa possession 260 000 télégrammes diplomatiques, l'ensemble des documents "pèserait" environ 1,7 giga-octets.