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Good morning to you all! Today is day 10 of the #AssangeCase extradition hearing. I was granted to the virtual room by a nice young guy working from his bedroom.
40 political observers who were revoked access by the judge still cannot monitor the hearings.
Professor Grotthoff takes the stand who will be looking at the unredacted classified release of cables.
Grottoff: the encryption was so that no one who did not have access to the date would not be able to open it.
Grothroff is describing the chronology & process of the unredacted cables, which picks apart the Guardian narrative & explains the technology to protect the material and how the Guardian password resulted in the material being published online by other groups before WikiLeaks.
Prosecution starts. In his normal manner he questions the impartiality of the expert witness.
Prosecution read a petition to #Trump to #FreeAssange that Grothoff allegedly signed.

Grothoff: I don't recall.
Do you think the prosecution, in America, is a "step into the darkness" (quoting open letter)?

I think it's dangerous for press freedom yes
Smith (prosecutor): says your biased.

Grothoff: No not at all, you have your technical details wrong, you haven't done your homework.
Smith: is saying that WikiLeaks gave all the unredacted cables to 50 organizations.

Grothoff: I don't know that they did.
Smith: Moving onto mirroring. Was the public encouraged by WikiLeaks to mirror the site?

Grothoff: WikiLeaks published instructions to how to mirror the website.
Grothoff: WikiLeaks encouraged mirrors to create a haystack. If there are mirrors that contained the file, then it was a very good idea to create thousands of mirrors that made it more difficult to find the file. As per the motivation, I don't know if this was the case.
Smith putting words into Grothoff's mouth by saying that WikiLeaks was deliberately hiding the encrypted file among thousands of mirrors.
Grothoff: Protests, I cannot comment on motivation but this certainly was the effect.
Smith: Do you know what the content of the cables on August 23rd-30th?

Grothoff: Yes, they were all unclassified cables.
Smith: WikiLeaks announces that searchability, do you accept that?

Grothoff: yes they did release them in searchable format.
Smith: You said that that Der Freitag downloaded from a mirror. There is no mirror being mentioned on the article is there?

Grothoff: They say it is circulating on the internet and that usually means mirrors.
Grothoff: We have 3 parts of cables releases:
1: Media partners releases with redactions or without redactions necessary.
2. The publication of unredacted cables.
3. The publication of secret cables by third parties.
Smith questions Grothoff if media partners were experts... "Who told you they were experts?" - wow!

Grothoff: Well when people work a journalistic organization the assumption is that journalistic experts.
Grothoff: I did not look at the cables labelled "strictly protect" my presumption is that if the US government labels something unclassified that it can be shared with a vast amount of people and is safe.
Smith: 31st of August you say Cryptome.org publishes the password, later that day someone published the searchable cables online.
The court breaks for a tweet that Grothoff finds a tweet that is relevant to the case.

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