Strongbox

NEW YORK (WNBTv)- In a move that undoubtedly had [snark] absolutely no relationship to the DoJ’s recent violation of journalists’ civil liberties [/snark], The New Yorker today unveiled Strongbox, a Tor-enabled dead-drop as a means of providing you, the Citizenry, with a reliable, anonymous means to –

…share information, messages, and files with our writers and editors and is designed to provide you with a greater degree of anonymity and security than afforded by conventional e-mail.

Senior Editor Amy Davidson made the announcement: “This morning, The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen. Kevin explains some of the background in his own post, including Swartz’s role and his survivors’ feelings about the project. (They approve, something that was important for us here to know.) The underlying code, given the name DeadDrop, will be open-source, and we are very glad to be the first to bring it out into the world, fully implemented.” (link)

The New York Times, when apprised of Strongbox’s deployment by The New Yorker, responded: “Shit…wish we had thought of that.”

A source at the Kansas City Star, speaking anonymously since no one at the Star is allowed to say anything, ever, to anyone about internal Star operations, muttered “Well…it’s nice and all, but we won’t use it. Fact of the matter is some local blogs do far more meaningful investigative journalism than the Star has for at least a decade – why would anyone send us stuff?”

The DoJ’s Eric Holder issued the following statement:

I am not sure how many times the Justice Department will attempt to “hack” The New Yorker’ s new ‘Strongbox’ system and snoop among the documents sent to them. All I can say at this point is that that number will be greater than one (1), though probably less than one million (1,000,000). Unless we automate the system, in which case there will be no upper limit to our egregiously unconstitutional endeavors. Thank you.”

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