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Cracking redactions from the Epstein / Ghislaine Maxwell Deposition    The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Oct-22 by $1,661.87 in cats (ROCKETMAN_S); 2122 views.

A fascinating bit of detective work to find out what "they" don't want you to know - an introduction to one facet of cryptographic cracking.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/10/ghislaine-maxwell-deposition-redactions-epstein-how-to-crack.html

... It turns out, though, that those redactions are possible to crack. That’s because the deposition—which you can read in full here—includes a complete alphabetized index of the redacted and unredacted words that appear in the document. ...

... Here’s how to deduce the redacted words, using former President Bill Clinton as an example. You can see in the index that a word that falls alphabetically between clients and clock appears on quite a number of pages. From this, we know that the word starts with the letters CL. ...  The index indicates that this word shows up on the seventh line of page 135. If we go to page 135, we can see that in this instance the word Clinton has not been redacted. ... On other pages listed in the same index entry, the word Clinton has been redacted. See page 104. (The redacted word that appears before Clinton, in these cases, is President.) ... That Clinton example is representative. ... But it’s still worthwhile to see who Maxwell was asked about, and how exactly she responded. Consider the example of Alan Dershowitz. The index indicated that there’s a redacted word that comes after airport and before alcohol.

... There’s also a redacted word that comes after depth and before describe. ... The A-word and the D-word, the index reports, appear consecutively on pages 211, 299, 368, and 407. Based on context, we can easily deduce that those two words are Alan and Dershowitz. Here’s a redacted case of Dershowitz on page 210. ... ...  Want to help us crack some more redactions? Email us what you find at tips@slate.com

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Oct-23

Why do they even bother to redact names? By now everyone knows the major players who were involved. Their sides have denied it so heavily, it’s even more obvious.

It provides "plausible deniability" even though everyone really knows.

One thing they missed in the article is a vital clue as to what a redacted word really is, is its length. Although they did brush against the concept of adjacent words.

One of the ways that the Allies were able to crack the Enigma code at Bletchley Park, beyond the actual capture of a real Enigma machine, was that many routine reports ended with "Heil Hitler". With that plaintext consistently in the same place in various messages, this permitted the Allies to set the Enigma wheels to get that plaintext, which then let them decrypt the remainder of the messages.

Of course redaction is a rather simple bit of cryptography. Any time there is a direct quote somewhere in a redacted document, you can then get the plaintext of the quote from elsewhere and figure out other occurrences of the redacted words elsewhere.

Sometimes the children of tech who do the redactions do something dumb like, post a PDF with black bars covering redacted words in Adobe Illustrator or something like that, which still leaves the plaintext viewable when the document is opened with another tool - including a binary editor.

Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Oct-23

The Bletchley Code.  Yes. They don’t know redacted text is still there underneath.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Oct-23

Heard a bit on the noon news about this. I guess some problems are ahead for Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew? Andrew has been good since his girls started getting old enough to understand things. Don't know about Clinton.
Showtalk
Staff

From: Showtalk

Oct-23

Clinton always gets out of everything.  Prince Andrew can’t be charged here if he stays in England.

Yep. Good for us they didn't know that. Bad for those wanting to suppress the truth because it might be embarrassing to them but we the people really need to know to make informed decisions about where to spend money and who to vote for or against.

kizmet1 said:

Don't know about Clinton.

He'll probably overdose on Viagra some day. And there will be some poor young girl who is struggling to get out from under a corpse with a huge woody while fearing for her life if Hillary or her bodyguards find out who she is. Because you know that Hillary's minions will find some way to pin it on the poor girl if she can't flee the country and get asylum somewhere that won't extradite. Maybe Russia? Brazil?

But whoever is unlucky enough to be under Slick Willie while he's dipping his willie, on the night he gasps and expires mid-thrust, will be at a high risk for ending up in a shallow grave, a Jane Doe where any evidence or witnesses leading to Hillary and her minions will also vanish without a trace.

Especially if the unlucky girl is underage.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Oct-23

Yes, Clinton is as slimy as a snake.
kizmet1

From: kizmet1

Oct-23

LOL. I hear he keeps a steady gf in NYC. A blonde divorce'. That is why he tries to be in shape by being a vegan. He sure isn't doing it for Hellery. Would you?
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