The Wikileaks site is down at the moment, and now it is clear that there may be an additional motivation for the court injunction against Limewire and then the government seizure of P2P file sharing web sites.
I say this because it is possible to get the Cablegate 2.11 MB file using file sharing software like Frostwire. It worked for me once, then stopped working. (Thepiratebay.org, which currently has the torrent file listed, says the text version of the download is 5.37MB.) Frostwire searches work, but it gets stuck on “Locating sources…” for any found files. So, try uTorrent instead. That still works. Only took me a few seconds to get it after installing uTorrent… which is much smaller than Frostwire, by the way.) At this point only about 660 of the 251,287 leaked United States embassy cables cables have been released to the public, but all have been given to the media.
TOOLS: If you have Windows, you’ll also want to get some free open source software to expand zipped files, for example, 7-zip. Also, a program like Notepad++ can make reading and searching the downloaded text files easier. The “Find in Files” option under the Search menu can search text in all the files in a directory without having to open each file.
CONSPIRACY THEORY: Is Wikileaks a false operation to justify take over of the Internet? Probably not, but consider everything. (Interesting that my iPhone started dropping all calls even though I have full bars minutes after posting this…)
PROOF OF CONCEPT 1, ZIP as MP3:. A song can be shared that is not really a song, it is a zip file with any information you like. Box.net can be used to share .zip files that are renamed to .mp3. Download the mp3 and change the extension to .zip and you just shared whatever kind of file it was.
PROOF OF CONCEPT 2, STEGNOGRAPHY: An MP3 can hide a file and still play on Box.net. Try this for yourself: Get the free mp3stegz from sourceforge. (Hint: Open source software is free and is also pretty safe from things like spyware! ) Next, download my mp3 file (you’ll need flash to see it, so no iPhones), and use mp3stegz to look at it.
For the password use the word “wiki” without the quotes.
You have to put it in twice. Then hit the [Reveal!] button and a file that was hidden in the MP3 will be saved in the same directory as the MP3. That file will have the hidden information. So far both a .GIF image and a .TXT file work.
What is interesting is that the file size with and without hiding info (such as a password or a web site) is the same:
Before: 7.25 MB (7,602,176 bytes)
After: 7.25 MB (7,602,176 bytes)
There is a size limit as far as the size of the file you can hide with this program, however. So you are going to get a small file out, a text file with link or password, etc. The MP3 as zip could be used to pass large files, but then the song would not play, so, uTorrent or other P2P software is the current best way to get the cablegate files. (If all the wikileaks mirrors are down, that is.)
The more than 250,000 cables from the State Department were given to journalists from five major international publications a few weeks ago, and are being release to the public in stages over the coming weeks by Weakileaks. …
“The cables show the extent of US spying on its allies and the United Nations; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in “client states”; backroom deal with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them. This document release reveals the contradiction between the US’s public persona and what it says behind closed doors-and show that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what is going on behind the scenes,” says Wikileaks Cable Gate page.