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Monday, May 10, 2004

European cryptographers have figured out what intelligence service was blacked out of the Aug. 6, 2001, PDB: Egypt's. By determining the font of the PDB (Arial) and then counting the number of pixels in the blacked-out passages, scientists were able determine what words could possibly have been written in that exact space. Among seven possible matches, cryptographers ruled out "Ukranian" and "Ugandan" as implausible.

Download no evil ... Although the Taguba report on the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib is publicly available all over the internet, it still remains officially classified, much to the consternation of Senate staffers who rushed to download it last week, only to be told they were not allowed to do so, according to the WP. A staffwide e-mail to the Senate Armed Services Committee tried vainly to put the cat back in the bag:

Mike asks that if you have downloaded a copy of the classified report from the NPR website, please call OSS and advise them, and they will come by your office and pick it up.
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