And This Is News How, Exactly? [5:43 pm]
The real question is whether this is anything more than any of the tools already available to anyone willing to read the PGP manual. And, if it is, who’s got any interest in making such a splash? Yes, this will give Rush Limbaugh and those of his ilk plenty to fulminate about, but no intelligence services’ statement on the subject can be trusted — the political benefits of asserting that this tool is potent are just gravy to any agency that has, in fact, cracked it and wants to make sure that it gets the widest possible use.
The Mujahideen Secrets 2 was promoted as “the first Islamic program for secure communications through networks with the highest technical level of encoding.”
The software, available free on the password-protected Ekhlaas.org site which often carries al Qaeda messages, is a newer version of Mujahideen Secrets issued in early 2007 by the Global Islamic Media Front, an al Qaeda-linked Web-based group.
“This special edition of the software was developed and issued by … Ekhlaas in order to support the mujahideen holy war fighters in general and the al Qaeda-linked group Islamic State in Iraq in particular,” the site said.
This stuff makes my head hurt.