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Cryptome is the grand-daddy of anti-authoritarian whistleblower, leak, publish-and-be-damned sites. It was a major source of both content and inspiration when setting up the Wikispooks site. It is highly recommended when researching anything concerning Wikispooks articles.

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Started: 1996
Founders: John Young, Deborah Natsios

Owner: John Young
In its own words:
"Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance — open, secret and classified documents — but not limited to those. Documents are removed from this site only by order served directly by a US court having jurisdiction. No court order has ever been served; any order served will be published here — or elsewhere if gagged by order. Bluffs will be published if comical but otherwise ignored."
Constitutes: Leak site


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Cryptome/Principled Leaks, Deep State Agency - or a bit of both?10,661A critical discussion about John Young and Cryptome, stemming from discussions between a Wikispooks editor and Trowbridge H Ford.

Cryptome raises serious questions that nobody else on the left or in the media want to talk about, including how Omidar has created a business from Snowden's cache; what exactly Snowden may have been doing while he was working for the CIA prior to his time at NSA (and what else he may have been doing at NSA itself); and why Snowden and The Intercept continue to proselytize for Tor, the anonymization tool, despite its massive funding from the U.S. government, the Pentagon and the national security state.”
Tim Shorrock (February 2016)  [1]


In August 20, 2023, Cryptome announced it is closing until Julian Assange is freed[2].


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Incarticle13 February 2016Tim ShorrockCommentary on an interview with John Young and his wife Deborah Natsios by Pit Schultz of at the 'Transmedia 2016' event in Berlin on 6 February 2016
Document:John Young Interviewinterview15 November 2013Michael Morisy
Document:Nothing too Threatening to Publisharticle10 July 2011John Young
Document:Secrets and Liesarticle1 September 2007John Cook
Document:That's Outrageousarticle1 March 2005Michael CrowleyA Readers Digest contributor is outraged, OUTRAGED I say, that a web site like Cryptome should be 'allowed to exist'. He does not intend humour at all, he is deadly serious - which is precisely what makes the piece so funny.
Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 14blog post22 September 2020Craig MurrayFollowing defence witness Professor Grothoff, the only further evidence heard was the reading by Edward Fitzgerald QC of the gist of a statement from Cassandra Fairbanks. I did not hear most of this because, having adjourned to 4.30pm, the court re-adjourned earlier than advertised, while Julian’s dad John Shipton, the musician M.I.A. and I were away having a coffee.
Document:Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing Day 17blog post25 September 2020Craig MurrayI am going to write to Judge Baraitser applying for a copy of the transcript of Lewis cross-examining Professor Kopelman on the razor blade, with a view to reporting James Lewis QC to the Bar Council. I do wonder whether the General Medical Council might not have reason to consider the practice of Dr Rachel Daly in this case.


Documents sourced from Cryptome

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Anonymous Surpasses WikileaksarticleWikileaks
Barrett Brown
17 February 2011John Young
Document:Conficker, Cyber Emergency, and the Internet Kill SwitcharticleConficker
11 July 2010Kai Tischen
Document:Coordinating Regime Change in Iran and Venezueladiplomatic communicationIran
Coup d'état
Nicolás Maduro
Bolivarian Missions
Luisa Ortega
Simón Bolívar
25 August 2010Trowbridge FordIran and Venezuela, prime candidates for regime change
Document:Electronic Espionage - A MemoirinterviewNational Security Agency
Cold War
August 1972Perry Fellwock
Document:Getting Access to the Secrets of the Osama Bin Ladin KillwebpageOsama bin Laden
Robert Schmidle
3 August 2011
Document:Nothing too Threatening to PublisharticleCryptome10 July 2011John Young
Document:Omidyar-Greenwald-RosenarticleEdward Snowden Affair
Pierre Omidyar
Glenn Greenwald
15 December 2013Anonymous
Document:On Her Majesty's Secret Service - UncensoredwebpageMI6
Richard Tomlinson
1 April 2001Gordon Logan
Document:Review of "Freedom and the Future of the Internet"book reviewCypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet30 November 2012John Young
Document:Snowden Civil WararticleSurveillance State
Edward Snowden Affair
5 December 2013John YoungA pithy and on-the-button forecast from John Young about the how the Edward Snowden affair will likely pan out: if the NSA does not yet have effective control of the Snowden leaks, then they are going to make sure that those that have not been published already (i.e. >99% of Snowden's cache) never see the light of day. This is authoritative stuff from a seasoned professional.
Document:The Killing Years in IrelandarticleMargaret Walshaw
Northern Ireland
3 February 2001'Maharajah'
Document:The MI6 Bombings in Saudi Arabiaarticle2000 Saudi Bombings1 March 2003Gordon LoganAn alternative account of the 2000/1 bombings in Saudi Arabia for which the Saudis convicted a group of UK ex-patriots, sentenced them to death and later granted amnesty and returned them to the UK. This IS indeed a murky business and, whilst this account may seem far-fetched, it is probably closer to the truth than the official version
Document:The Markov and Maxwell MurderswebpageMI6
Georgi Markov
Robert Maxwell
20 August 2011Gordon Logan
Document:The linked deaths of Robert Maxwell and Georgi MarkovwebpageGeorgi Markov
Robert Maxwell
9 December 2000Gordon Logan
Document:The linked deaths of Robert Maxwell and Georgi Markov - 2webpageGeorgi Markov
Robert Maxwell
9 December 2000Gordon Logan
Document:UK Library SpiesemailSurveillance State7 January 2011John Young
Unknown Cryptome reader
Document:Understanding the Moscow Coup of August 1991webpage1991 Moscow Coup attempt24 August 2001Gordon Logan
Document:Why the CIA went astray over Abu OmararticleAbu Omar6 July 2005Trowbridge Ford
File:BillCaseyHoneyPot.pdfarticle23 February 2015BillCaseyHoneyPot
File:British Bases in Cyprus and Signals Intelligence.pdfreportCyprus
24 January 2012Giorgos Georgiou
File:FIFA-indictment.pdfindictmentFIFA20 May 2015FBIUS District Court of New York indictment against 14 senior officials of the Swiss-based world football governing body FIFA
File:Full-Disclosure.pdfreportMass surveillance4 December 2013The AdversariesIf your UK internet service and equipment provider is BT (and probably any other of the large UK ISP's), then it is a trivial matter for GCHQ and its agencies to route a duplicate of all your traffic to a spook server, access your home computer network, install malware and retrieve any passwords and encryption keys stored on it. You have been warned.
File:Postol-debunks-kaszeta.pdfreportSyrian Chemical Weapons Attack
Dan Kaszeta
14 July 2014Theodore PostolExpose of fraudulent claims made by Dan Kaszeta, the West's favourite source for demonising information on President Assad's alleged guilt for the Ghouta chemical weapons attack of August 2013
File:Timothy-felix-miltz.pdfarticleAaron Swartz27 February 2015BillCaseyHoneyPot
File:US-biowarfare in Korea.pdfreportKorean War
Biological weapon
September 1952Joseph NeedhamReport of investigations into the use of biological weapons by the US military during the Korean war of 1951-53
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