by Scott Creighton
“We caution people, don’t believe anything we publish,” he says. “We’re totally untrustworthy. We may be a sting operation, we may be working for the Feds. If you trust us, you’re stupid.” John Young of Cryptome, whose father-in-law was a CIA legend
It started innocently enough. Cryptome jumped into a Twitter discussion I was having with Wikileaks yesterday when I sent them a message that John Young, one of the founders of Crytptome, said Wikileaks was a CIA honeypot. Cryptome replied “did not” and so I took that as a direct challenge to back up my claim which I did in a serious of Tweets using John’s own words published from various sources, including his own email published on Cryptome, in which he says the behavior of Wikileaks is like those ” used by snake oilers, pols and spies.”
The partial list above of the conversation between Cryptome and myself looks pretty one sided right now as if I was trolling Cryptome and sending them Tweet after Tweet with no replies. But that’s not what happened. What happened was, Cryptome, an online transparency promoting website which serves as an outlet for whistle-blowers (and a group who published a full email exchange between John Young and Julian Assange back in 2006 after Young figured out Wikileaks was behaving like “snake oil salesmen and spies” ) erased all of their Tweets back to me so that their followers on Twitter wouldn’t happen across the exchange and read what I was leaving. I was informed of this early today by Ethan Serone who has apparently run across the same kind of behavior from Cryptome himself. So much for full transparency.