WikiLeaks releases mystery file

(AFP) WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks released a mysterious encrypted file on Wednesday after telling its followers on Twitter to stand by for “an important announcement.”

WikiLeaks did not identify the contents of the 571 megabyte file and it could not be opened without a decryption key, which the anti-secrecy website said would be released “at the appropriate moment.”

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The release of the latest mystery file comes just days after WikiLeaks published more than 130,000 US diplomatic cables from what it says is a cache of more than 251,000 documents.

Without confirming the authenticity of the latest documents, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States “strongly condemns any illegal disclosure of classified information.

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The New York Times reported that the latest dump of 133,887 confidential and secret documents included many containing the names of sensitive sources who could be at risk of reprisals if they were known to be talking to US diplomats.

In a message on its Twitter page, however, WikiLeaks said it was “totally false” that any of its “sources have been exposed or will be exposed.”

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/08/31/wikileaks-releases-mystery-file/

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    “A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks’ decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables.”

    News: Wiki-leaks is attacked and site is down. Wiki-leaks to be reminded that there cables (thanks to Manning as well) have helped spark the largest wave of societal revolutions in human history in a very short manner of time, with many more country’s to follow suit in this trend…

  2. (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — WikiLeaks said its website (www.wikileaks.org) was attacked late Tuesday evening in the midst of the whistleblower website releasing thousands of unpublished US diplomatic cables.

    The website was previously hit with a denial-of-service attack back in November while prepatring to release more than 250,000 classified US government documents.

    The organization announced via its Twitter feed that “WikiLeaks.org is presently under attack,” later calling the issue a “cyber attack”.

    Later, the website confirmed that its website was back up but some visitors were still experiencing issues with accessing the site.

    Steffen Kraft, editor of German newspaper Der Freitag, said he found a “password protected csv file” that contained a 1.73GB batch of diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks.

    He claimed that the file’s password was easy to find, and that the cables contained documents that WikiLeaks had previously published, only this copy of the documents were completely unedited and included “named or otherwise identifiable ‘informers’ and ‘suspected intelligence agents’ from Israel, Jordan, Iran, and Afghanistan”.

    In the past, WikiLeaks has normally edited documents before releasing them to the public, removing the names of any informants or sources that are considered sensitive.

    As a result of the information’s sensitive matter, Der Freitag said he decided not to publish the documents. And although he has not yet proved that the cables do, in fact, exist, another German newspaper Der Spiegel, recently confirmed that the cables are indeed legitimate.

    It is still unclear as to who is reponsible for the attack, but Kraft hinted that former WikiLeak spokesperson Daniel Domscheit-Berg could be behind it.

    Last week, Domscheit-Berg said he destroyed more than 3,500 unleaked cables including a document containing the Bank of America’s US no-fly list and information, in an effort to ensure the safety of sources for whom WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange could not guarantee safety.

    Other suspects include employees at WikiLeaks publishing partners the Guardian, the New York Times, and El Pais.

    http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/083111_WikiLeaks_Website_Hit_by_Cyber_Attack

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