Is The CIA Hosting A Wikileaks Mirror? [Updated]

from the honeypot-or-not? dept

Whatis42? points us to an interesting post on Reddit, which is initially just highlighting a Google heatmap showing the locations from which people are searching for the term “wikileaks.” Not surprisingly, the hottest spot on the heatmap is the Northern Virginia, Washington DC area. Shocking, I know.

But, perhaps more interesting is a comment on the thread, which notes that it appears at least one of the Wikileaks mirrors appears to be hosted by the CIA, or at the very least a company associated with the CIA using (for a time) a CIA netblock. The address, wikileaks.psytek.net no longer appears to be hosting anything (right now it just leads you to a standard Apache install page that says “It works!”). There’s an interesting discussion in the Reddit comments over what this means — ranging from everything to someone suggesting this is just a joke, to the “honeypot” question, to the one that seems most plausible to me: as a mirror that is quickly updated as Wikileaks puts up new documents, it allows the CIA to get access to what’s being released as quickly as possible. Updated: And, as noted in the comments, it appears the answer is “no.” Or, at least, if it is, it ain’t this particular site.

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Ken Downs (profile) says:

Re: Re: psytek.net

Here is what psytek.net shows on Saturday morning:

— begin quote —
Concerned Internet Citizens,

I am the admin of psytek.net and I have just come online to tell you what I have found, after recieving a phonecall from a close friend when he saw my domain was linked to the CIA via Wikileaks.

Yes, I decided to run a Wikileaks mirror last weekend as way of participating and helping keep information free and ultimately human freedom.

Upon closer analysis over the last few hours it appears my site has been compromised by CIA operatives who have attempted to discover the source of the Wikileaks mirror source.

I do not know how successful they were, only that they did manage to log all incoming traffic. Including inbound web traffic of users inside the United States trying to view the Wikileaks mirror.

Please everyone becareful when browsing these Wikileaks sites as it appears that someone is actively monitoring us for knowing the truth!

I intend to keep my Wikileaks mirror up to not be deterred by my scare today.

Regards,

psytek.net

MAC says:

Re: Re: Re: psytek.net

Yeah, freedom of speech is one thing but consider this:
Lets say this stuff contains something that starts WW III. Big time…

So, how does freedom of speech apply when EVERYONE is dead in a nuclear war?

Explain that to me. Do you have freedom of speech when everyone is dead?

You fools don’t know what you are playing with…

Enrico Suarve says:

Re: Re: Re:2 psytek.net

Fire – we are playing with fire.

It’s widely accepted that cavemen started the game a long time ago and yes a few people have been burned since but it’s also widely accepted that on the whole it’s been something of a success.

Fancy joining the human race and opening yourself to a little risk or are you happy to stay in the dark and chew on raw meat?

Your choice.

Michael Lockyear (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:2

“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Benjamin Franklin

The recent leaks have only proven what we already knew: politicians and diplomats lie in public and tell the brutal truth in private (as is often the case for anyone who operates in a “politically correct” environment).

I am interested to hear how this might trigger world war 3?

DoxAvg says:

Re: Misinformation

@sanitybit: of course, the beauty of the thing is that once you get the conspiracy taint, everything you wrote there is precisely what a cover-up would look like. Never mind that a good cover-up and pointing out the truth are at this point indistiguishable; that’s what makes it a _good_ cover-up. ๐Ÿ™‚

In a rational analysis (still leaving Occam’s razor out of the picture), all of the counter-arguments you made are post-facto; if I were to submit the hypothesis that it _was_ part of a CIA netblock when the rumor was started, but was quickly moved to some VPS as soon as word got out, none of the information you presented would refute that. So, while lack of evidence is not evidence of lack, your blog post really does nothing to refute the accusation. Out of your entire excoriation of the blogosphere, you have only a few facts about what the netblocks are _now_, not addressing the original accusation.

Isn’t this fun?

sanitybit (user link) says:

Re: Re: Misinformation

Of course, that’s why the CIA hired me to do PR and Damage Control.

Netcraft is providing a historical analysis. My point wasn’t to totally refute the claims, but to question how information based on rumor with no evidence to back it up was treated as fact by people inside of the security community and news sites and spread around the internet.

The original author of the rumor still hasn’t presented any evidence that would indicate that the CIA was running the mirror, other than his homebrew script reporting that it was based on the netblock.

The burden of proof is not on me, it’s on the people who made the initial claim.

P.S. “Google Search Readily Reveals Xeni Jardin As A Covert CIA Operative” – http://imgur.com/8gW3U.png ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anonymous Coward says:

He has a rely to this posted now in place of the mirror:

“Concerned Internet Citizens,

I am the admin of psytek.net and I have just come online to tell you what I have found, after recieving a phonecall from a close friend when he saw my domain was linked to the CIA via Wikileaks.

Yes, I decided to run a Wikileaks mirror last weekend as way of participating and helping keep information free and ultimately human freedom.

Upon closer analysis over the last few hours it appears my site has been compromised by CIA operatives who have attempted to discover the source of the Wikileaks mirror source.

I do not know how successful they were, only that they did manage to log all incoming traffic. Including inbound web traffic of users inside the United States trying to view the Wikileaks mirror.

Please everyone becareful when browsing these Wikileaks sites as it appears that someone is actively monitoring us for knowing the truth!

I intend to keep my Wikileaks mirror up to not be deterred by my scare today.

Regards,

psytek.net”

Rick Hornstein says:

a ruse

What truths have been uncovered? None that would dissuade the general world citizenry to stop support of the current or future wars. No clue as to what organizations, families, countries are behind the bloodshed. No tools to end violence, nothing we didn’t know, but in fact a rational for the future restriction of internet data distribution and a ruse that something of value has been done. Very embarrassing.

ignorant_s (profile) says:

No restraint

“So, how does freedom of speech apply when EVERYONE is dead in a nuclear war?

Explain that to me. Do you have freedom of speech when everyone is dead?

You fools don’t know what you are playing with…”

Do not fear, free press, asserting your power against the the government and the corporate powers that be!

Their actions just show they fear the education and illumination of the masses. They have a vested interest in keeping opinions in check, as without such control, the government and corporate powers simply fear their arbitrary claims to power will somehow be diminished. You see, it is through the enlightenment of the people, that their power could be destroyed.

The free press (those without vested interest in the advertisers they serve) directly challenges a government’s justification for their behavior in one arena or another. Here, it is the government who obviously is fearful. This is an information revolution of sorts, it is not a war in the militaristic sense of the word…. so

Do not fear… it is the paradox of one generation, that becomes common in the next. This is a new order of freedom of information. Never before has information been so widely available. There are no longer the borders or physical boundaries limiting the power of the free press to allow people access to information and opinion garnered from so many possible sources.

Clearly, people who chose to act in direct contradiction to the powers that be must greatly consider whether or not to tell the truth however important it is to the greater good. It is going to be fear that restrains the common man to stand up against political power. The power brokers (including corporations) fear the common man’s ability to destroy this power of restraint.

No. These people, including Assange, are no fools playing a game, they are the representatives of a greater movement enforcing our civil right to choose how to be governed and who we choose to be governed by.

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