Oh dear

There is a Wikileaks fiasco going about. Der Spiegel has what looks like a plausible story. If you read the Wikileaks version after that, the latter looks rather incomplete and self-serving. The Grauniad also says “not us guv” which isn’t quite true: if they hadn’t been dumb enough to publish the password, all would have been well. But assuming DS has this right, fundamentally this is a Wikileaks foul up.

h/t Bruce (not Steve) Schneier.

[Update: no-one has dented the DS story as far as I can see. So I think that, as told, this remains fundamentally a WL foul up. However (whilst I think the Grauniad were correct to believe that the password they’d got was now irrelevant) they (a) should not have published it, just on general sanity grounds (b) they should not have published it because they could not be confident that they hadn’t ended up with a backup of the file themselves, somewhere]


David Appell’s recent post is excellent, so I’ll steal most of it, a quote from Hillary Clinton in January:

During his visit to China in November, President Obama held a town hall meeting with an online component to highlight the importance of the internet. In response to a question that was sent in over the internet, he defended the right of people to freely access information, and said that the more freely information flows, the stronger societies become. He spoke about how access to information helps citizens to hold their governments accountable, generates new ideas, and encourages creativity. The United States’ belief in that truth is what brings me here today.

(the information wants to be free so I’m allowed to steal things :-). Hypocritical scumbag (her, and Obama. Not me, obviously). But then, she is a politician. Incidentally, those complaining that the US is using extra-judicial means to achieve its ends need to be less surprised. Nothing new there.

My part in this has been limited to sending Paypal a nasty email and getting fobbed off and sending a reply about being fobbed off. If they say anything interesting I’ll tell you.

Bruce Schneier says the obvious: that leaning on wikileaks is pointless: leaking this kind of stuff (if you have it) nowadays is trivial.


* LOIC at sourceforge.
* PayPal speaks
* Some Musings On the Bradley Manning Charges
* Maribo: Wikileaks and the CRU e-mail hack