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Lessons in Crypto-Anarchy: What Assange Did Wrong and What to Do Right

Assange has finally been taken by the authorities and is no longer in control of his destiny, and there is little we can do to help him or influence his fate:
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/julian-assange-showing-symptoms-psychological-torture-expert-says-n1012081
This all began for Assange long ago when he wrote a manifesto about open government and how exposing government secrets could force them to be good actors:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/06/07/no-secrets
He had come to understand the defining human struggle not as left versus right, or faith versus reason, but as individual versus institution. As a student of Kafka, Koestler, and Solzhenitsyn, he believed that truth, creativity, love, and compassion are corrupted by institutional hierarchies, and by “patronage networks”—one of his favorite expressions—that contort the human spirit. He sketched out a manifesto of sorts, titled “Conspiracy as Governance,” which sought to apply graph theory to politics. Assange wrote that illegitimate governance was by definition conspiratorial—the product of functionaries in “collaborative secrecy, working to the detriment of a population.” He argued that, when a regime’s lines of internal communication are disrupted, the information flow among conspirators must dwindle, and that, as the flow approaches zero, the conspiracy dissolves. Leaks were an instrument of information warfare.
These ideas soon evolved into WikiLeaks. In 2006, Assange barricaded himself in a house near the university and began to work. In fits of creativity, he would write out flow diagrams for the system on the walls and doors, so as not to forget them. There was a bed in the kitchen, and he invited backpackers passing through campus to stay with him, in exchange for help building the site. “He wouldn’t sleep at all,” a person who was living in the house told me. “He wouldn’t eat.”
His work, "Conspiracy as Governance" can be found here:
http://cryptome.org/0002/ja-conspiracies.pdf
And his Manifesto here:
http://blog.9while9.com/manifesto-anthology/assange.html

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Now, I am not suggesting that Assange has done anything wrong necessarily (or not).
I am suggesting that Assange was tactically wrong because he made himself the locus of power over the secrets he ended up receiving.
He began withholding secrets and using them as bargaining chips, even protection, against the threat of prosecution from world powers.
This incentivized them to spend literally years and millions of dollar to attack his character, do what they could to take away his freedom, and use their espionage divisions to prevent Assange from releasing his massive treasure-trove of government secrets.
Though Assange claimed to have a dead-man's switch that he would hit if he was arrested, his arrest has come and gone and nothing has been released.
We can assume the governments of the world have spent the last few years infiltrating the Ecuadorean embassay and have deprived Assange of the ability to release these documents, which are now apparently lost to the world.

A Change in Strategy

I suggest that Assange erred by making himself the center of the Wikileaks controversy, and he would've been better off either by trying to remain anonymous, like the Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, or that he should have created a system that is capable of collecting and releasing secrets autonomously without human involvement or control, in the form of a P2P document release system which integrates perhaps TOR-like abilities as well as being similar perhaps to Bitmessage with its decaying blockchain, and might distribute documents similar to IPFS, or perhaps similar to Mega the encrypted file-storage system.
A system such as this would lack the ability of someone to black out names and comb through the docs, but on the other hand that ability was not able to shield Assange from prosecution ultimately, so it can be scrapped.
Some may say this could expose undercover agents of various governments by name and the like. And that's true. And the effect would be many more people would be reluctant to work undercover for governments and do spying, and government would not want to record their names in secret documents anymore. That is a decent outcome. Don't trust governments to keep your name secret if you are doing heinous work for them.
Lastly I want to remark that people underestimate how reliant upon intelligence gathering the modern nation state is for keeping it in power.
The first modern use of intelligence literally kept the British Queen in power and diverted a plot to overthrow the British monarchy. The simple fact is that today, with strong crypto, the world is once again going dark for the intelligence services of the world who are increasingly unable to penetrate where they once did online.
We should all become strong users of crypto, especially if you are doing nothing wrong, because privacy is your right, and rather than expecting others to respect your privacy, via crypto you can ensure no one has the power to pierce your privacy.
Not even an all-powerful tyrant government.
Here's to hoping the Wikileaks treasure-trove does one day see the light of day, and that Assange does again too.
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Worried the subject matter of your work might put your reputation at risk? Publish anonymously and still get paid.

Hello,
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Some of you may wonder why an author would want to publish like this as opposed to simply using a pseudonym. For authors looking for complete anonymity using a pseudonym through a traditional publisher or on services such as Lulu or Amazon simply isn't enough. The Cuckoo's Calling was originally published under the author name Robert Galbraith until a legal firm accidentally leaked that as the pseudonym for J. K. Rowling. The author's anonymity was not protected because of the flaw in the human element of security. We remove that flaw. Even under threat of legal action, the Crypto Scriptorium could not reveal an author's identity or personal information, because at no point do we assured even have that information.
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Worried the subject matter of your work might put your reputation at risk? Would you be interested in publishing anonymously while still getting paid?

Hello,
I am with a brand new startup called the Crypto Scriptorium that is currently looking for authors, both currently published and unpublished, who would like to publish anonymously while still getting paid for their efforts. For the vast majority of authors wishing to publish anonymously, maintaining their anonymity is a matter of reputation and/or public perception. Many brilliant stories go untold because the author is afraid of how publishing their work would affect their current or future career prospects or the feelings of embarrassment that being connected to a sensitive subject might make them. For some anonymous publishing may be a legal matter, perhaps due to their works containing information concerning breaches of the law in their countries whose statute of limitations have not yet or will not expire. There are many reasons to want anonymity when publishing a book, magazine, or newsletter; and that's where we come in to the picture.
Some of you may wonder why an author would want to publish like this as opposed to simply using a pseudonym. For authors looking for complete anonymity using a pseudonym through a traditional publisher or on services such as Lulu or Amazon simply isn't enough. The Cuckoo's Calling was originally published under the author name Robert Galbraith until a legal firm accidentally leaked that as the pseudonym for J. K. Rowling. The author's anonymity was not protected because of the flaw in the human element of security. We remove that flaw. Even under threat of legal action, the Crypto Scriptorium could not reveal an author's identity or personal information, because at no point do we assured even have that information.
Traditionally, publishing like this would require an author to forgo any potential income from their work in order to maintain their anonymity. However, thanks to technological innovations such as Bitcoin we are able to pay authors while not requiring us to know any identifiable information about them.
For any authors interested in potentially using our service, please contact me at:
Please be sure to visit our webpage for information concerning our service, as well as easy to follow step-by-step tutorials for using various anonymous communication tools and services.
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Five Reasons to Support the Bitcoin Education Project

Five Reasons to Support the Bitcoin Education Project
We are trying to raise 100 Bitcoins by the end of June and we are halfway there. Here are five reasons to support us:
  1. We are committed to releasing forever free, peer reviewed content for the entire world in as many languages as possible about Bitcoin. Our goal is to bring One Million People into Bitcoin from across the global.
  2. We are inclusive and have a diverse list of fellows. Anyone can join us to help educate the world about Bitcoin
  3. We are committed to bringing Bitcoin to China and have a robust integration strategy lead by our partners in Beijing
  4. Your support will help us research with the aids of lawyers and accountants the existing laws, regulations and best accounting practices and publish those results for every business owner to freely access and review
  5. We support small projects like Canton’s BitcoinPaperWallet and Bitmessage. We give them an opportunity to teach the community about their efforts.
Any donation size helps- even 0.01 Bitcoins- and we are also looking for volunteers and business partners. Please visit us at http://btcedproject.org and donate to our official address: 189tfJJhCJFtkr4MZJgcB3yuGTfUh7cvUL
Some other links to visit:
Our Partnership with Bitcoin Magazine: http://bitcoinmagazine.com/bitcoin-magazine-proud-to-be-a-partner-of-the-bitcoin-education-project/
A Forbes Article about Us: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jonmatonis/2013/05/13/6-new-bitcoin-educational-resources/
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