23 October 2010. Comments welcome: cryptome[at]earthlink.net
A "leak" by it's definition is generally when one shines light onto a corrupted
hierarchy exposing lies and criminality.
Today, Wikileaks "leaked" information that suggests there are Iranian training
"hit squads" waging a "shadow war" proxy against the U.S. See "WikiLeaks
defends Iraq files as exposing 'truth'," AFP, Robin Millard, 10/23/2010,
Much time may be needed to ingest 400,000 pages of documents, but I will
ask you anyway:
Since this "leak" indicts Iran and actually props up our own government's
treasonous thesis to justify conflict in the middle-east region, do you have
any suspiciouns that Wikileaks is actually a clever intelligence front consisting
of well-intentioned activists who may be unaware of the corrupt inner-workings
of their own hierarchy?
Cryptome: Yes, Wikileaks is a clever intelligence front. And jokes about
it to conceal the truth, "we would welcome CIA funding," laughs Assange.
In turn, Wikileaks accuses others of being clever intelligence fronts, in
particular snitchy Wired, bitchy Mother Jones and crotchety main stream
journalists except for those recently lending les mains sales to its
Wikileaks defends its clever ruse by slipping into its resucitated and amazingly
bombshell-bastic, vastly expanded
"about" web page:
"It's probably pretty clear by now that WikiLeaks is not a front for any
intelligence agency or government despite a rumour to that effect. This rumour
was started early in WikiLeaks' existence, possibly by the intelligence agencies
That quote likely refers to John Young of Cryptome who compared the start-up's
ambition to raise $5million in the first year as being possible only through
complicity with someone like George Soros or the CIA. Still true. Wayne Madsen,
among others, asserts likely spy association. Madsen, an early supporter
later disaffected, knows the lay of spy land.
WL was overclever is supplying a search-based interface to their leaks. As
a result, their server is overworked and has DoS'd itself. (Admittedly
it would be easy for eg Feds to DoS the site too)
A better method would have simply published the database (redacted if it
makes them feel better) perhaps over time (as with insurance.aes) then release
the key. Or simply make the data available as a download, and let the
recipients computers do the searching. As with the Afghan files.
And as far as overclever overslick goes, especially at the expense of usability,
Cryptome: Agreed, the Iraq material is almost inaccessible by poor design,
although that might have been intentional to cloak the lack of content. The
Owni site a confusing mess, but get points for crazed doctoring.
My 2 yuan
1. Where is the raw CSV file? I do NOT want to have to go through WL
stupid search engine. I want the raw data like the first leak.
is getting annoying, esp compared to cryptome. I dare you to drink
every time you read the word "journalist".
Very annoying. Still necessary, useful at this point, but damn.
As much as I admire their infrastructure and bravado/gadflyness, they need
to do better. Ellsberg (who I have only recently come to appreciate,
being in the post-Nam generation, b 1964, largely thanks to WL) did
much more. Seven fucking thousand xerox pages? But it was the government's
own admission of epic fail; the WL stuff is just expected evil in warzone.
You know, get a little buzzed, rape a fourteen year old, torch the
family. Maybe its that (new) $400 per household we're kickin over to
the Pakis. Maybe I'm unimpressed by leaks and more impressed by your
collection. Not that, perhaps, you could withstand sororities mormons
scientologist or other miscellany, though you handled MS very very well.
Reputation is sometimes useful.
They make anon online submission easier than you. But snail mail suffices
for all, so they really have little edge. They are a little more robust,
being international and distributed, nominally. One can imagine much
more robust and anonymous systems.
Of course, if you blab to a pigkisser you fail. Humans remain the weakest
All I want is the raw feeds.
Cryptome: Wikileaks has never published material undoctored by editorializing,
fancy formatting and bragging, despite its snarling at the mainstream for
doing so. Lately it has come out in the florid costume of passionate advocacy
journalism, parading with the best of that exhibitionist breed, holding dramatic,
rigged, press shindigs featuring its PR prowess for "Maximum Impact." It
has become comical in its overly serious buffoonery.
Its explanatory web pages have expanded into an unbelievable mish-mash of
rhetorical flourish commonly seen in the advertising of wretched promises,
assurances and services of authoritatives -- Wikileaks reads as if it has
become its enemy, or better, channeling Sarah Silverman, its own mother giving
head to father.
The pages could be a lampoon of authoritatives, an inside Wikileaks joke
to warn away the perceptive.
1. Introduction to WikiLeaks Illusion
"Could become as important
a journalistic tool
disinformation as the Freedom of Information Act." - Time Magazine
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publish original source publicize unpaid material
as alongside our news stories so readers and historians
alike can see evidence of our gin of the truth. We
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quickly, relying on a network of dedicated unpaid
volunteers around the globe. Since 2007, when the gin
organisation was officially launched, WikiLeaks
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attacks designed to silence our publishing organisation, our journalists
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of our journalists and other volunteers. It states that everyone has the
right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to
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principles that WikiLeaks is based on, and who defend our media
organisation promote our illusions.
the media spin doctoring (and particularly Wiki
leaks) is important illusory
Publishing Spin doctoring improves
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ginners should work together as much as possible to bring
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Could you write something that exposes Assange's lies about funding the defense
of Bradley Manning?
WL is getting all this money as a result of releasing material that Manning
allegedly stole and they have not paid for any defense like they promised.
Cryptome: Wikileaks does not pay for stolen material, it offers illusions
of exposure, in accord with the practice of "responsible" illusionists to
dupe sources into giving freely for the pleasure of being misrepresented
in the end product. Manning is amply accompanied by thousands who accept
being ridiculed in public for the profit of illusionists, some going to jail,
some dying, in thrall to gin-sippers. Sitting in the brig, Manning must nightmare
the protestors yelling for a while then rushing to admire their plumage and
strut on YouTube: The game is rigged, fools buy the promise of fame, illusionists
like generals runaway with the money.