Wikileaks: "we will release over half a million 9/11 intercepts"

Starting at 3AM Eastern time on Wednesday, Wikileaks plans to publish over half a million US national text pager intercepts related to 9/11. The messages are said to come from devices used by persons operating in an official capacity (including Pentagon and NYPD), and cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.


  1. Holy wow! So someone at the NSA (CIA?) had the chutzpah to leak this. Wow. This is huge.

    “While we are obligated by to protect our sources, it is clear that the information comes from an organization which has been intercepting and archiving national US telecommunications since prior to 9/11.”

  2. Pager data (POCSAG and FLEX) is broadcast unencrypted. Anyone with a radio scanner and some software can monitor it, easy as pie. Doubt this was a goverment source – just some ham’s side project.

    That said, this is WAY out of line. Monitoring the data is one thing, but publishing it (or even telling someone else about the content) is flat-out illegal. Even if you could make a case for it being some kind of leak of internal public safety and law enforcement messages, there’s nothing I can see being done (nor could there be easily) to differentiate that type of message from those of private citizens.

  3. God, the memories just flood back…

    “2001-09-11 11:00:00 Arch [0435912] C ALPHA the only thoughts i have of are of nicholas, ian and you. i am terrified. i needed to tell you that i truly love you… always, diane”

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