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Journalamism 102 – Handling sensitive documents to protect your sources & your organization’s reputation

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The Intercept gets an F-.

Today, The Intercept released documents on election tampering from an NSA leaker. Later, the arrest warrant request for an NSA contractor named “Reality Winner” was published, showing how they tracked her down because she had printed out the documents and sent them to The Intercept. The document posted by the Intercept isn’t the original PDF file, but a PDF containing the pictures of the printed version that was then later scanned in.

The problem is that most new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed. Because the NSA logs all printing jobs on its printers, it can use this to match up precisely who printed the document.

In this post, I show how.

Apparently no one at the Intercept thought Hey, let’s make sure we handle these classified documents with extreme care because our source could go to jail. Instead it seems they decided to provide a definitive answer to the question Is The Intercept a virtual rag run by hacks that poses a danger to itself and others?

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