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Wikileaks Brings Back Its Anonymous Submission System

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2015

That darned Wikileaks just refuses to go away:

On Friday, the secret-spilling group announced that it has finally relaunched a beta version of its leak submission system, a file-upload site that runs on the anonymity software Tor to allow uploaders to share documents and tips while protecting their identity from any network eavesdropper, and even from WikiLeaks itself. The relaunch of that page—which in the past served as the core of WikiLeaks’ transparency mission—comes four and a half years after WikiLeaks’ last submission system went down amid infighting between WikiLeaks’ leaders and several of its disenchanted staffers.

And here it is: https://wikileaks.org/index.en.html#submit

Why the delay? The legal battle that sent Julian Assange into sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London did play a part, as it has proved to be a huge distraction for the Wikileaks team. But there was also this:

The group, and Assange in particular, has also become more focused on the modern surveillance challenges to any truly anonymous leaking system. That, too, has delayed WikiLeaks’ willingness to create a new target for intelligence agencies trying to intercept leaks. “If you ask if the submission from five years ago was insecure, well, it would be today,” says Hrafnsson. “We’ve had to rethink this and rework it, and put a lot of expertise into updating and upgrading it.”

And even if Wikileaks were to vanish into the ether, groups it inspired are out there:

In the years since WikiLeaks ceased to offer its own Tor-based submission system, others have sought to fill the gap. Projects like GlobaLeaks and SecureDrop now offer open-source systems that have replicated and improved on WikiLeaks’ model of using Dark Web servers to enable anonymous uploads. SecureDrop in particular has been adopted by mainstream news sites such as the New Yorker, Gawker, Forbes, the Guardian, the Intercept and the Washington Post.

The Wired piece does engage in some silly and ironic razzing on Wikileaks for “finally” getting a new submission system set up.

Why “ironic”? Well, I remember how four years ago, the Wikileaks defectors Wired favorably mentions but doesn’t name, but whose leader (and, I’m guessing, the unnamed defector quoted) is still probably Daniel Domscheit-Berg, promised they were going to a) be more “responsible” than Assange and b) have a superior leak site set up called “OpenLeaks”, because they were so much smarter and more technically competent than the remaining Wikileaks crew.

Well, after four years, there’s no “OpenLeaks” site, and the only thing of note that the defectors have done is not to safeguard their stolen chunk of the original Wikileaks trove, but destroy much of it — much to Bank of America’s delight.

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