Before Wikileaks there was Cryptome

ORIGINALLY POSTED 4 FEBRUARY 2011

Today I stumbled upon a website I haven’t visited in years.  Since 1996, Cryptome.org has functioned as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance.

According to the site: “Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance—open, secret and classified documents—but not limited to those.”

At first glance I found information on a Homeland Security detention facility being build in nearby Tacoma, WA.  After skimming through those supposedly classified documents I went on to read about nuclear fission reactors in China, DOD spy training and Julian Assange.  I’m sure many of you find it ironic that Julian Assange’s sexual assault allegations have been leaked onto the internet; Those documents are here too.

Cryptome hosted documents, consisting of over 54,000 files,include suppressed photographs of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, lists of people believed to be MI6 agents, detailed maps of government facilities(based on publicly available mapping and aerial photography), and 4,000 photos of the Iraq War killed and maimed.  Young (who runs the site) claims that Cryptome has attracted the attention of government agencies.  He reports being visited by two FBI agents from a counter-terrorism office and describes having a casual discussion with the agents.He further describes how on another occasion two FBI agents spoke with him on the phone. During this conversation, he claims, one agent warned of “serious trouble” if a published account of the conversation contained the agents’ names.

On 20 April 2007 the website received notice that the site would be evicted from its hosting company Verio’s servers on May 4 for unspecified breaches of their acceptable use policy. The notice period of two weeks allowed Cryptome to engage alternative hosting.

In February 2010, Cryptome was briefly shut down by Network Solutions for alleged DMCA violations after it posted a “Microsoft legal spy manual”. Microsoft withdrew the complaint 3 days later and the website was restored. In March 2010, PayPal stopped processing donations to Cryptome and froze the account’s funds.

The protests continue in Egypt and other parts of the world, Oil is in a fast decline, and the world economy is crumbling.  Now is the time to educate yourself on the secrets of the world.  Information is power and there’s not a lot of time left.  The system is falling apart and all signs point that the world governments are trying to cut and paste to hold together the structure that is quickly unraveling.  Stop worrying about terrorism and start thinking about knowledge.  Those who understand what is coming, how to grow crops, and how to live in harmony without electricity, oil, and government support will be the ones left standing when the dust settles.  Those who deny that the ship is sinking will be the first to drown.

[Via Cryptome.org, Wikileaks, and NERDTREK]

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Jonathan G. Nelson is the editor-in-chief and owner of NERD TREK. He is also owner/publisher at AAW Games / AdventureAWeek.com, a tabletop gaming company based in Snoqualmie, WA. Connect with Jonathan via Facebook.