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Monday, August 22, 2011

WikiLeaks Data Destroyed?!


Kevin Gosztola at FireDogLake has a mind-blowing post up regarding the encrypted WikiLeaks data that has been held in abeyance. It, and the encryption keys, have apparently been destroyed, by estranged WikiLeaks co-founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg.
According to reporter Holger Stark of the German news organization Der Spiegel, Domscheit-Berg told Stark some time on August 20 that the cache was gone forever...

On August 19, DDB confirmed...[that] the files would, under supervision of a notary, be deleted. The deletion would also be confirmed with an affidavit.
And some of that data was information damning Bank of America:
WikiLeaks confirmed on Twitter on Sunday that the cache included the following: US intercept arrangements for over a hundred internet companies and 5 GB of files from the Bank of America. People asking when WikiLeaks will release the Bank of America data has become a regular occurrence. Now, if what WikiLeaks says is true, there will never be a release of BofA data and the Big Bank can now breathe one giant sigh of relief.
I am not a journalist, so I need not be as circumspect as others. My take? This is how it's done. The power of these people, and their money, is truly breathtaking.

I find it very hard to believe that there are not other copies, even with a notary and affidavit involved, and on that I will keep my fingers crossed. (Who would trust this Domscheit-Berg's "affidavit" anyway?)

Click on over to Kevin's very detailed and interesting article for the story.

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