Must read articles on Cablegate 2.

WikiLeaks password leak FAQ – Matt Giuca, Unspecified Behaviour:

cryptographically, WikiLeaks is in the right and Guardian is in the wrong. From what I can gather, WikiLeaks followed reasonable security expectations, and Guardian broke them.

Facts and myths in the WikiLeaks/Guardian saga – Glenn Greenwald, Salon:

This incident is unfortunate in the extreme for multiple reasons: it’s possible that diplomatic sources identified in the cables (including whistleblowers and human rights activists) will be harmed; this will be used by enemies of transparency and WikiLeaks to disparage both and even fuel efforts to prosecute the group; it implicates a newspaper, The Guardian, that generally produces very good and responsible journalism; it likely increases political pressure to impose more severe punishment on Bradley Manning if he’s found guilty of having leaked these cables; and it will completely obscure the already-ignored, important revelations of serious wrongdoing from these documents.  It’s a disaster from every angle.

Guardian investigative editor David Leigh publishes top secret cablegate password revealing names of U.S. collaborators and informants… in his book – Nigel Parry,

On a basic security level, revealing any information about how Julian Assange formulates his passwords could have implications in any of the other myriad of sensitive areas Wikileaks deals with. Any files encrypted by Assange at the same time—or before—the cables, and in the possession of any entity hostile to Wikileaks, are now more vulnerable since Leigh’s book gave up its clue about how Assange formulates passwords.

The fall of WikiLeaks: Cablegate2, Assange and Icarus – Micah Sifry, TechPresident:

WikiLeaks has now indiscriminately dumped the whole cable set into the public arena, and in doing so it has tossed away whatever claim it might have had to the moral high ground. The argument that others were doing it already, or that bad actors were already getting access to the leaked master file and thus this was a mitigating step to reduce coming harms, or that it’s somehow The Guardian’s fault for publishing what it thought was a defunct password, doesn’t absolve WikiLeaks of its large share of responsibility for this dump.

People are human; to err is human. But refusing to admit error, that is hubris. Assange, like Icarus, thought he could fly to the sun.

Why I felt I had to turn my back on WikiLeaks – James Ball, The Guardian:

These cables contain details of activists, opposition politicians, bloggers in autocratic regimes and their real identities, victims of crime and political coercion, and others driven by conscience to speak to the US government. They should never have had to fear being exposed by a self-proclaimed human rights organisation.

A dispatch disaster in six acts – Christian Stocker, Der Spiegel:

A chain of careless mistakes, coincidences, indiscretions and confusion now means that no potential whistleblower would feel comfortable turning to a leaking platform right now. They appear to be out of control.

Guardian security practices appear worse than originally suspected – trh_humunculus, Chirpstory:

the Guardian have retained the original file that was given to Leigh.

Feel free to suggest more articles in comments. 

See also:

Must read articles on WikiLeaks

3 pensieri su “Must read articles on Cablegate 2.

  1. A detail I haven’t seen covered in the above articles is explained in this Chirpstory

    The Guardian appear to have retained a copy of the original encrypted file given to them.

    If the Guardian’s own security measures to protect that file had been breached at any stage, the unredacted cables would have been exposed. This may have happened. We don’t know.

    No security system is perfect. The best that can be done is to minimize risk. Publishing the password clearly undermined the file’s security both at The Guardian and at Wikileaks and clearly added to the risk of exposure.

    Leigh has defended his publishing of the password on the basis that he was sure that the file had been destroyed by Assange. In light of having apparently retained a copy of the file, this defense is at best flawed and at worst completely bogus.

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