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A nasty twist of thought on Aaron Swartz


Submitted by cg.eye on

and plea bargains.

It's likely that the goal was to either turn or delegitimize Swartz (which they could do simply by leaking his snitch jacket), but lookee here what the blowback is:

It appears that via the U.S. government website, Anonymous had distributed encrypted government files and left a statement on the website that de-encryption keys would be publicly released (thus releasing the as-yet unknown information held on the stolen files) if the U.S. government did not comply with Anonymous' ultimatum demands for legal reform.

And now, for some purely irresponsible but tantalizing speculation...

It is possible, as suggested by the file names, that Anonymous may have taken files pertaining to each of the Justices (all of whom were named on filenames at the bottom of the defaced page, such as "Scalia.warhead1") and put them in a file (named "Warhead-US-DOJ-LEA-2013.aes256") and then appended a command to the file that would nuke the file.

If Congress can't face invoking the nuclear option, Anonymous believes itself to be powerful enough to do it -- and since the Supremes rival the alphabet agencies in their obscurity, it'd be a caution to see what havoc they could do to the real untouchables of government.

Submitted by lambert on

Look, the Supreme Court works for me, assuming the people are sovereign, so let 'er rip, say I. Anyhow, I'm sure there's nothing really bad in the files. How could there be?

NOTE Adding, I don't regard any Supreme Court decision following the ascension of the first post Bush v. Gore justice as legitimate, so file under the Department of Schaedenfreude.