Cyrptome, the invaluable website specializing in raw documents from the underbelly of the intelligence and defense communities, had its offices (or, more likely, its webmaster's living room) visited by the FBI today.
(Special Agent Todd) Renner said that a person had reported Cryptome as a source of information that could be used to harm the United States. He said Cryptome website had been examined and nothing on the site was illegal but information there might be used for harmful purposes. He noted that information in the Cryptome CDs might wind up in the wrong hands.SA Renner said there is no investigation of Cryptome, that the purpose of the visit was to ask Cryptome to report to the FBI any information which Cryptome "had a gut feeling" could be a threat to the nation.There was a discussion of the purpose of Cryptome, freedom of information, the need for more public information on threats to the nation and what citizens can do to protect themselves, the need for more public information about how the FBI functions in the field and the intention of visits like the one today.(Special Agent Christopher) Kelly said such visits are increasingly common as the FBI works to improve the reporting of information about threats to the US.