According to a report from the whistleblowing website Cryptome, the last cache of Snowden documents is set to be released in bulk sometime next month, supposedly in an effort to stem the tide of an upcoming premeditated war.
“July is when war begins unless headed off by Snowden full release of crippling intel. After war begins not a chance of release,” Cryptome tweeted on its official feed. “Warmongerers are on a rampage. So, yes, citizens holding Snowden docs will do the right thing,” it said.
Cryptome won’t be in charge of distributing the leaks themselves, but have said they will “aid and abet” the process which will likely come from one of the established sources who have been in charge of dristrubting the leaks thus far, such as Glenn Greenwald or the Washington Post.
Neither Greenwald or the Post have come forward to confirm or deny Cryptome’s claims, and many are still doubtful as to whether or not a reveal of remaining information could really be powerful enough to “prevent of war”, but analysts remain hopeful that whatever’s left in the stack of files Snowden took with him should have a sizable impact on the way the public views and trusts their government.
And while both have certainly done their part to expose programs which had wide reaching implications for privacy advocates and ordinary citizens from around the globe, it’s also become common knowledge that each publication has been working closely with US and UK government officials to limit what makes it into the headlines and what doesn’t in the interest of “national security”.
These limitations have largely defined by the guilty parties themselves, which could be viewed as a conflict of interest by anyone who was paying close enough attention. Cryptome says the July leak will subvert their efforts, splashing out the remaining “57k to 1.7m” records in an attempt to create a sense of true transparency that has been muddled by the press since they first took up the task of distribution last June.
The argument is that while some of the information is okay to leak due to its low impact on military intelligence gathering operations, other more sensitive data needs to be retained in order to mitigate any risk that could come from terrorist cells “learning too much” about the way the NSA chooses to spy on our digital lives.
Cryptome hasn’t specified an exact date they expect the information to be dumped, but left a clue in their promotion of the upcoming HOPE conference (Hackers On Planet Earth), taking place between July 18-20 in New York City.
“For more on Snowden docs release in July watch for Ellsberg, special guest and others at HOPE, July 18-20: http://www.hope.net/schedule.html.”
Previous speakers at the conference include Steve Wozniak and Kevin Mitnick, both of whom have been long time supporters of the grassroots movement between coders, hackers, and those who support a trusting relationship of transparency between the government and the people they claim to represent.