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Canada Wikileaks: The betrayed password

01:05  28 september  2020
01:05  28 september  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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The betrayed password

The article, which appeared on August 25, 2011, was entitled "Nerds without nerves". It sparked a chain of international upheavals that were heard in a London courtroom on Friday. In the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, the statement was read out by Jakob Augstein, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Freitag . There the article about a "leak at Wikileaks" appeared. One reporter described how Assange's platform had lost control of sensitive documents that had been leaked to her. However, the article itself played a role in this loss of control. The whole case is a lesson in the wrong handling of secrets. As a witness,

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Then someone betrayed the location of the password -- Leigh's book -- to a journalist for German weekly Der Freitag, which is also an OpenLeaks partner. A book written by Guardian reporter David Leigh, who was given the WikiLeaks files by Assange, included the password to the files originally

We know that wikileaks members do get together and work (hence the rape thingy doodle, how's that for a technical term?) so the possibility that they are using OTPs is not so outrageous. But I doubt seriously that they'd ever use a name for a password on an impt file. These guys know what they are

Augstein was supposed to refute one of the central allegations of the US against the Wikileaks founder: that Assange negligently endangered US diplomats and US helpers by posting 250,000 despatches from US embassies on the net.

The US also accuses Assange of helping soldier Chelsea Manning break into army's protected computers. Manning was the original source for the internal papers from US embassies, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Guantanamo camp. Their publication made Assange the public enemy of the USA. He faces up to 175 years imprisonment there if Great Britain extradites him. Assange's supporters argue that the prosecution is politically motivated, which prohibits extradition. The fact that he revealed internals about power poker in US foreign policy and corruption in other states is covered by freedom of the press.

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WikiLeaks , the online whistleblower, is growing ever more daring. Three days after signing a deal with Piratpartiet, the Swedish pirate-friendly political party, it’s put up a password -protected, encrypted file on its site that anyone can download–or host. Until the password is entered, however, it’s unreadable.

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Augstein also defended Assange. In his statement, which is available to the SZ, he said that Assange had asked him to be careful by telephone before the article was published because he had "feared for the safety of informants". Augstein had assured him that he didn't have to worry. But why was the article so momentous if it didn't contain any names of informants, as Augstein had promised? It contained a trace of a password that would be fatal for Assange.

Because until then Wikileaks had only published documents of the US government with many blackened names so that, for example, no Afghan military informants could be identified as "traitors" to the Taliban. Assange had encrypted the unredacted embassy dispatches with a password and gave them to journalists so that they could responsibly publish excerpts.

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Part 2 of Lula's video on why the attempted extradition and prosecution of Assange is so dangerous, and why the relative silence of western media outlets -- including those that partnered with WikiLeaks to publish these documents -- is so shameful:pic.twitter.com/Pbd73lyzvj.

One of them was David Leigh of the British Guardian . In a book on Wikileaks, Leigh then printed - among other things as a chapter heading - the password of 58 letters, numbers and special characters that Assange had given him. Leigh said he thought it was no longer valid.

The problem: The encrypted file was no longer only on Wikileaks computers. On the one hand, supporters had "mirrored" the content of the website, i.e. distributed it on the Internet. After a cyber attack on Wikileaks, Assange called on them to do so as a safeguard in the event that the original page fails. In addition, Wikileaks employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg had taken files before he broke up in the dispute with Assange. Augstein quoting to a nod from the Friday -Article: liege The answer to the question of responsibility "in the thicket of the past by Wikileaks" - the conflict between Assange and Domscheit-Berg.

Anyone who only read Leigh's book did not know which file the printed password belonged to - let alone that it was on the Internet. But that's exactly what a reporter from Friday found out . First his article established the connection, albeit without giving the password. The article says: "The password for this file is open to the public and can be identified by those familiar with the subject."

The connoisseurs of the matter did too. After reading Friday , a British blogger deciphered the dispatches with the password from Leigh's book. "The cat is out of the bag," he wrote.

The now cracked, un blackened dispatches spread on the net, including the names. Only now, in September 2011, did Assange publish this variant as well, amid protests from NGOs and his media partners. This publication, now argues his defense, is legal and has not endangered anyone, after countless, thanks to the password readable copies floating around on the net.

The accusation that Friday is solely responsible for the decryption falls short of the mark. The fact that David Leigh printed the password in his book is considered by Assange's supporters and IT professionals to be the original and unforgivable mistake.

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