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Cryptome is a web site set up by New York architect John Young, who has been described as "the original WikiLeaker".[1]

Cryptome welcomes documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret governance -- open, secret and classified documents -- but not limited to those. Documents are removed from this site only by order served directly by a US court having jurisdiction. No court order has ever been served; any order served will be published here -- or elsewhere if gagged by order. Bluffs will be published if comical but otherwise ignored.[2]

The site has been running since 1996. At the time, Young was a participant on the cypherpunks mailing list.

Young claims that Cryptome does not publish really dangerous secrets:

Only low-grade stuff like what WikiLeaks does, but they just exaggerate it.[1]

Young was involved in the early development of WikiLeaks but has also criticised the site and Julian Assange. For details, see our WikiLeaks article and Young's NY Observer interview[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Thomas Golianopoulos (Dec 7, 2010), "The Original WikiLeaker", New York Observer
  2. Cryptome web site