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WikiLeaks has released (and announced via its twitter account) approximately 400 gigabytes of data in a series of encrypted torrent files called "insurance." And, as of now, no one knows what is contained in these "insurance files", and no one can open them. Yet.

Presumably, public keys will be released at some point in the future.

From The Daily Dot:

With nothing better to go on, the Internet has decided that "insurance" may be code for "back off" to the U.S. government—coming just before the sentencing of WikiLeaks cause célèbre Bradley Manning.

File encryption means that the data is hidden and no one can see what's in the shared files without a key to unlock them—which, of course, hasn't been publicly released. The size of one of the files is 349 gigabytes, which means that there's either A) enough textual data inside to power a nationwide security crisis for the next 300 years or so, or B) a few very incriminating pieces of video footage.

"I'm getting the feeling these people are spreading some serious material," commented Facebook onlooker Angel Gabriell.

WikiLeaks abruptly released the files and asked the public to mirror them—on Facebook and Twitter, no less, hardly the place you go to drop off highly classified intelligence.

And, from Gizmodo:
It's not uncommon for Wikileaks to post an encrypted "insurance" file from time to time, with the key to follow on a latter date if at all, just in case. But 349GB is nothing to sneeze at; that's a huge chunk of something. It seems like there has to be something very impressive in there, and Wikileaks has posted the links to its Facebook page a number of times in the past 24 hours.

It's worth noting the timing; Bradley Manning's sentencing hearing is due to reach a verdict sometime next week. That, and there's always something going on with Edward Snowden, whose presumably giant cache of sensitive data has only been dribbling out. Could this be his treasure trove? Or part of it?

Something else to ponder-

From This Day In Wikileaks:

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 984 days.
 - 424 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1178 days.  
- 35 days into court martial.

Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 530 days.

A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1063 days.

The Guardian has set up a section dedicated to stories about Wikileaks, Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Afghanistan War Logs. It's a kind of 'one stop shopping' for their coverage of Wikileaks related news and information.

And, for those who want their information without filter, there's always Wikileaks website itself.

Originally posted to Lisa Lockwood on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:08 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anonymous Dkos, Whistleblowers Round Table, and Wikileaks Informationthread.

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