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    Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    (CNN) -- The Poison Pill. The Doomsday Files. Or simply, The Insurance.

    Whatever you call the file Julian Assange has threatened to release if he's imprisoned or dies or WikiLeaks is destroyed, it's impossible to stop.

    "It's all tech talk to say, 'I have in my hand a button and if I press it or I order my friends to press it, it will go off,'" said Hemu Nigam, who has worked in computer security for more than two decades, in the government and private sector.

    "Julian is saying, 'I've calibrated this so that no matter how many ways you try, you're never going to be able to deactivate it,'" Nigam said. "He's sending a call to action to hackers to try it. To the government, he's also saying, 'Try me.'"

    There's a reason Assange specifically announced -- on the Web -- that there is a 256-bit key encryption code that only a few trusted associates know that will unleash the contents of the 1.4 gigabyte-size file.

    "He's saying don't even bother trying. It will take you so long to succeed that by that time, it will be too late," Nigam said. "Most of the time, you see a 56-[bit]key encryption. That's considered secure. When you are using 256, you are sending a message: 'I'm smart enough to know that you will try to get in.'"

    It's not the first time Assange, the face and founder of WikiLeaks, has asked someone to dare him. He and the anonymous, globally scattered WikiLeaks staff have warned since July's release of Afghanistan War documents that they are not to be messed with. Press them, they say, and they will retaliate by releasing more secret information.

    But this week, the stakes got higher. Assange was arrested Tuesday in Great Britain in relation to a sex crimes investigation in Sweden. A British judge denied bail, and Assange is expected to remain in a jail in England for at least a week, officials said.
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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Lame. He should just release the file and stop being all blackmaily about it.

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Lame. He should just release the file and stop being all blackmaily about it.
    I am interested in seeing what it is as well, but I think that goes against the whole he wants to be free and live aspect of this situation..

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Only one way to deal with a blackmailer. Take away their power.

    I hope our government laughs at his threats and double-dares him.
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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Quote Originally Posted by WeAreReborn View Post
    I am interested in seeing what it is as well, but I think that goes against the whole he wants to be free and live aspect of this situation..
    He's going to lose his freedom anyway. I mean, Sweden is basically trying to put him in jail for not wearing a condom. The woman making the allegation has proven ties to the CIA. He will be in U.S. hands before long.

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    He's going to lose his freedom anyway. I mean, Sweden is basically trying to put him in jail for not wearing a condom. The woman making the allegation has proven ties to the CIA. He will be in U.S. hands before long.
    Yeah it is quite unfortunate. I think you are right then, he might as well release it or find an amazing hiding spot...

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Has anyone thought of the possibility that this is a massive bluff on his part?

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Only one way to deal with a blackmailer. Take away their power.

    I hope our government laughs at his threats and double-dares him.
    Yep, when he releases whatever he has he loses all of his leverage.

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    What exactly could the US charge him with? What law has he broken and is he under our jurisdiction?

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    Re: Assange's 'poison pill' file impossible to stop, expert says

    This is clearly blackmail and the government cannot give in to it. Just more proof that Assange and Wikileaks are among the lowest of the low.
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