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Planning a Leak? Chat With WikiLeaks Via a New Tor Hidden Service

After years of limited activity due to ongoing persecution, Wikileaks has taken one of its biggest steps since Julian Assange’s stalemate in London’s Ecuadorian embassy by opening a new Tor hidden service (http://wlchatc3pjwpli5r.onion.rent/). This site allows visitors to chat with an anonymous Wikileaks representative and receive advice about making a leak. Alongside Sweden’s agreement to interview Assange regarding sexual molestation charges in the UK, this paints a picture of significant headway for the embattled journalism outlet.

This is not the first time Wikileaks has made use of the powerful anonymizing network, however. Chelsea Manning first chatted with Wikileaks using Jabber and IRC before using Tor to leak her cache of documents from the US military and diplomats, now famous as the largest leak of classified information in the history of the America. In fact, here you can still read WikiLeaks’ ancient documentation relating to Tor. This page appears to pre-date the Tor Browser Bundle, as it instructs users on how to manually configure Firefox to use the Tor network. It also lists a broken hidden service link that was once used as its anonymous dead drop for uploading documents: http://suw74isz7wqzpmgu.onion.rent/.

The new chat service then, may optimistically be interpreted as Wikileaks beginning to return to its former glory. That’s not to say WikiLeaks has lain completely dormant during this time; they notably released chapters from the secret TPP trade agreement and a CIA document assessing the efficacy of the drone war in the last few months. A mirror of the Wikileaks website is also available on Tor at http://jwgkxry7xjeaeg5d.onion.rent/.

Since Manning’s leak, Tor has become much more popular among journalists and their sources. Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras used Tails both when planning the leak and in transferring the documents for the first time. Since then, the importance of Tor as a journalistic tool has hit home far and wide. The number of newspapers and other outlets with SecureDrop sites, closely analogous to WikiLeaks’ dropbox, underwent a dramatic increase. The SecureDrop website lists a slew of publishers making use of their software including, among others: Forbes, The Intercept, The Guardian, and The Washington Post.

And SecureDrop is only one instance of such a website framework. GlobaLeaks also provides a Tor-based gateway through which leakers can transmit their files. It seems that despite or perhaps because of the excessive secrecy surrounding international politics – and the grave consequences of breaking it – a rich whistleblowing community has sprung up as a counterforce, and they gravitate around open source cryptography. As WikiLeaks and Chelsea Manning have shown, darknet technology has been critical in supporting that role for more than five years now. Laura Poitras even went as far as crediting the Tor project at the end of her documentary about Snowden’s leaks, Citizenfour.

Let’s hope that with WikiLeaks’ new chat site, and the plethora of leaking platforms that have sprung up in the past two years, we will see a new and vigorous era of leak-based journalism and plenty more Mannings and Snowdens to come.

6 comments

  1. dr xaxax took 1200 dollors from me an i want it bac from abraxas name was supersniper12

  2. wahts abaoutz info about german e-mail control of small an medium providers ?

  3. I sent this to the referendum commission

    Please consider this with regard to the referendum the co-incidences are amazing, even the actions of the politicians after Jo Cox murder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReLeVvgCzyc It was referred up to someone else then rejected for policy reasons

  4. NSA General overthrown

    by giving me email address, is there any way the CIA can find out I told you anything? I don’t have a problem with them knowing I am going to tell you something. I just don’t want them to know what it is. I was contacted by someone connected with wikileaks in some way. wikileaks is not part of any of what I am talking about. wikileaks is not paying me my money back that the antichrist stole from me. someone else has offered to pay all of it even though it is an extremely high dollar amount this info if I don’t get it back.I want the antichrist to find out I am going to accept the money if he doesn’t do something real soon. and I intend to share everything I know. not just a few things. even some things the antichrist don’t know that I know about. I’m not afraid of being killed for not keeping my mouth shut. but I would like it somehow released to the cia that I am considering talking to someone not connected with wikileaks who says they will pay me whatever amount i would like. even though they will pay me a visit and try to kill me, I am not worried. They have already been trying that for years. I look forward to them trying to kill me. It gives me the justification I need to kill them when they come pay me a visit and try to kill me.this has already been taking place for many a year. I enjoy self defense and taking out communists, athesists and mafia who have nsa, cia , fbi etc infiltrated. have a good day.

  5. NSA General overthrown

    if you don’t want to post this, no problem.

  6. lol top kek. drop this on 4chan. theyd love this sheeit. top quality larp.

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