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A little light reading

The above excerpt is from the official report of an American soldier who died by accident in Korea, unclear what year. A sad story picked out of a mountain of Wikileaks documents.

Yes, Wikileaks has opened its archive. Interesting timing, with Assange hoping for a pardon.

So far, most of the documents I’ve looked at are boring, marked unclassified and/or redacted to uselessness. Hillary’s emails are mostly whiteout (and I think these are ones that had already been released anyway).

The most salacious tidbit is a blurry photo purporting to be Steve Jobs’ positive HIV test.

If you want to paddle around for yourself, some helpful observations. The dump is HUGE and topically all over the place, from military reports to the business operations of a transcendental meditation group. If you see a .pdf or .txt file extension, that’s probably small and manageable in your browser. If you see a .zip file, that’s going to unfold into MANY files, or a whole directory structure of .html files (which implies they were scraped off of web sites). A .7z file is a 7zip file, a kind of compressed file that Windows won’t handle natively, but there’s a good open source tool for opening them.

If you find anything good, I’d like to hear about it.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 18, 2020, 4:41 am


One doesn’t see this very often… no comments from the chattering class. I felt compelled to hold up their end!

If Assange is pardoned, can Snowden be far behind?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 18, 2020, 8:08 am

Did you hear the audio file Project Veritas published yesterday, of Assange speaking to the CIA way back when? I didn’t realize he wasn’t even the leaker – it was an ex-employee of Wikileaks, and Assange was calling to warn them.

I think the man’s an ass – and he had no call to make himself the public face of Wikileaks – but there’s no excuse what he’s been put through, either.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 18, 2020, 12:58 pm

I heard that audio.

I surmise that we have all rethought our positions on a number of opinions that we had or didn’t have four years ago.

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