It’s now possible to submit secret documents to WikiLeaks anonymously, without the fear that a network spy will reveal your identity. The site just announced that it has launched a beta version of its leak submission system running on Tor, the special anonymity software.
WikiLeaks accepts secret documents and tips
According to a new report in Wired, this will now allow people to share secret documents, and will upload the documents in question to the WikiLeaks staff.
It has been more than four and a half years since WikiLeaks staff, in a company dispute, removed documents and destroyed encryption keys to unlock them, saying that the site had become too lax about protection of tipsters’ information and identities. In the meantime, the entire system had to be updated and upgraded to keep pace with modern technologies.
Since the WikiLeaks portal closed, many media outlets used SecureDrop and GlobaLeaks for disclosing secrets. But WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that those alternatives did not meet WikiLeaks’ standards.
“Other submission technologies inspired by WikiLeaks, such as the European-based GlobaLeaks and the US-based Secure Drop, while both excellent in many ways, are not suited to WikiLeaks’ sourcing in its national security and large archive publishing specialities”.
The founder of WikiLeaks also said that “The full-spectrum attack surface of WikiLeaks’ submission system is significantly lower than other systems and is optimised for our secure deployment and development environment. Our encrypted chat system is integrated into this process because sources often need custom solutions”.
The new system was already online and tested before today’s connection back to WikiLeaks. And even though the site is officially in beta (i.e. a kind of pre-production version), WikiLeaks says it’s solid and fully operational.
WikiLeaks has in fact continued to operate over the last few years, but the materials it handled were not as secret or important as its original documents – such as classified wartime files from Iraq and Afghanistan.
“WikiLeaks will continue publishing, as it has since its foundation, full archives of suppressed documents in strategic global partnerships. The 2.0 public-facing submission system is an important new method in our arsenal for recovering subjugated history”, Assange said.
Assange in the meantime is still in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, as the Swedish authorities attempt to extradite him.
But now there’s a secure system back in place once more, it’s probably only a matter of time before new material from whistleblowers sees the light of day.