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[liberationtech] Haystack status update

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at
Sun Sep 12 22:57:48 PDT 2010


I am quite sad to say that Haystack was not turned off this weekend.

I wrote my original email on Friday in good faith after speaking with
Austin Heap. I am quite sad to report that it currently appears that
Austin was not entirely honest with me.

At multiple points over this weekend I positively confirmed that
Haystack was still operational. To be specific, I confirmed that
Haystack was *still* operational as of 20:00 PST Sunday, September 12th,

After my confirmation, I spoke with Danny O'Brien and I offered
incontrovertible proof that Haystack was still running. Danny agreed
with my assessment and then reached out to Austin by telephone.

I have taken steps to prove that my observations are not disputable and
independently verifiable by any other third party.

I have discovered an alarming number of problems with Haystack both as a
client, a network, and a non-profit. Due to the very serious issues at
hand, I am actually quite concerned for the safety of people who have
been using Haystack in Iran.

At this moment, I am not comfortable sharing details about the flaws
that have been uncovered. I am extremely concerned for the safety of
people in Iran who have *ever* used Haystack. The situation is
developing and I will be forthcoming with more information as I believe
that it is possible to be shared safely.


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