Ooops, there’s been some leakage, as in the Wikileaks rubber may have broken. The Norwegian press has gotten into the Wikileaks melodrama, with the Oslo-based newspaper Aftenposten revealing that they have access to the Wikileaks cache of over 250,000 cables, like the ones reportedly full of juicy details about a major U.S. bank and much much more.

The Australian Herald Sun reports that in an interview, Aftenposten news editor Ole Erik Almlid told Dagens Naerings, Norway’s largest business newspaper:

We’re free to do what we want with these documents … We’re free to publish the documents or not publish the documents, we can publish on the internet or on paper. We are handling these documents just like all other journalistic material to which we have gained access.

Aftenposten has 20 journalists shifting through the cache and the newspaper can publish at will, rather than depending on Wikileaks to release small amounts of material to Wikileaks’-favored big name press outlets The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel and El Pais. The reservoir of cables has been referred to as an insurance policy, a prophylactic.

No doubt lots of media are scrambling for Norwegian translators, though who knows, Aftenposten might do the translations themselves and license the material for a fee. Or for free. Because the world should know, right?

This leak of Wikileaks Top Sekrit stuff raises some interesting questions like

  • Who released the cables to Aftenposten?
  • Who has the rights to publish illegally obtained material–the organization they were given to or anyone who can access them?
  • What kind of pressure might be brought to bear on Aftenposten from various forces involved?
  • What amount of freedom of the press will stand?
  • Who cracked the cache’s code?

The 250,000 cables are allegedly encrypted with a mega-key, parts of which are allegedly distributed amongst Assange’s closest associates.

Anti-jihadist turned anti-Anonymous/anti-Wikileaks crusader th3j35t3r (The Jester) who claimed the takedown of Wikileaks.org and Anon internet chatrooms using his Denial of Service (DOS) program XerXeS wrote this in September:

Anyone can download the actual ‘insurance.aes256? file direct from WikiLeaks’ own servers here: http://leakmirror.wikileaks.org/file/straw-glass-and-bottle/insurance.aes256 and various other P2P and file-sharing hosts all over the internet. [La Figa says: I have not checked this link, nor downloaded the file. My sources say the 250,000 cables are on a super fast torrent DL. I have no clue how ot use torrent and wouldn’t think of DLing them with or without the key to open them. Scary!]…

So if the insurance file was downloadable, I suppose that at some point it might be able to be cracked though it allegedly has 256-bit encryption.

Or maybe someone/s got annoyed for any number of reasons and just dropped the dox.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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