Monday, May 02, 2005

Secret File Not So Secret

Perhaps someone should explain to the Pentagon how to correctly create redacted PDF documents so that they can't be unredacted.

In March, U.S. troops in Iraq shot to death Nicola Calipari, the Italian intelligence agent that rescued the kidnapped journalist Giuliana Sgrena. The U.S. commission on the incident produced a report, releasing a redacted version to the public as a PDF file. However, the commission failed to properly secure the PDF file so that all confidential information in the report is available just by copying "hidden" text from the PDF and pasting it to a word processor.

The uncensored report can now be directly downloaded as a Word document here. (