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article imageWikileaks founder to release encrypted files if arrested

By Michael Krebs     Dec 5, 2010 in Internet
As an insurance against the possibility of arrest by any number of governments, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has promised to release encrypted files on additional government and private sector secrets.
The high stakes game with Wikileaks founder Julian Assange just became significantly more intense, as the pressure from government and private sector sources may trigger Mr. Assange to release what he terms "insurance files" on everything from Guantanamo Bay to Bank of America. If he is arrested by any government for any reason - including the sexual assault case pending against him in Sweden - Assange intends to release encrypted files that can easily be decoded with a simple password.
The Wikileaks saga has been unfolding quite publicly, with US Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell suggesting that Assange be considered a "high-tech terrorist" - an opening salvo in the search for a US government prosecution against the elusive Assange.
Vast releases of US diplomatic cables from the Wikileaks site have put US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on an embarrassing back foot.
At a Saturday event where she hosted Kennedy Center Honor recipients, Clinton attempted a joke on the impression the attendees made upon her, saying: "I am writing a cable about it, which I'm sure you'll find soon on your closest website."
In a recent interview with Time, Assange has suggested Clinton resign from her post, citing her role in the controversial cables.
The Wikileaks matter has left the US government with egg on its face, and the end result appears to be a prosecution pursuit against Assange.
“We have over a long period of time distributed encrypted backups of material we have yet to release. All we have to do is release the password to that material, and it is instantly available,” Assange said, according to a New York Post report.
The "doomsday files," as they are otherwise described, are said to be 1.4 gigabytes - large enough to contain more data than has been released to date.
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