Earlier theis afternoon The UK MP Tom Watson tweeted the following
Australian Financial Review needs help with crowdsourcing a review of some interesting emails!afr.com/p/download_the…So Download away and get scanning
The Australian Finacial review has recieved an archive copy of 14,400 emails that appear to be from the laptop of Ray Adams, Former head of security of NDS, the Murdoch subsidiary that featured so prominently in last nights. from this they have released a 6 Mb selection, and wants peoples help in looking through to see what is contained inside
and the story backs up last nights BBC documentary
The emails, which come from several different folders within that drive – thus there is some duplication – were passed to The Australian Financial Review by an anonymous source. The Financial Review has undertaken its own inquiries to verify the emails.
Separate to this, the emails’ authenticity is supported by:
1. The internal consistency and verifiability of many details within the vast body of documents.
2. While the emails have been converted to text files, they include the internet headers, which contain unique information about the email and the path taken in its delivery.
3. About 2000 of the emails are in PGP encrypted form. These messages have been encrypted with the public PGP keys of the recipients, many of them NDS employees. The text files include the public PGP keys of many of these recipients. These public keys can be used to verify that the messages were indeed encrypted to the email recipients. The recipients are still able to open the messages today, with their private PGP keys, which also provide the date and time when the message was sent.
So get scanning and good luck, you never know what we might find
The actions are documented in an archive of 14,400 emails held by former Metropolitan Police commander Ray Adams who was European chief for Operational Security between 1996 and 2002. The Financial Review is publishing thousands of the emails on its website at URL afr.com.
The email archive, which News Corp has previously sought to suppress, provides a unique insight into the secret side of Rupert Murdoch’s sprawling global empire – it reveals an operational arm that has generated multi-billion dollar windfall profits for the company.
The emails support claims by the BBC Panorama program, aired in the UK on March 26, that News sought to derail OnDigital, a UK pay TV rival to News’s BSkyB, that collapsed with losses of more than £1 billion in 2002, after it was hit by massive piracy, which added to its other commercial woes.