WikiLeakS.org has a new IRC chat setup https://chat.wikileaks.org
[hat tip to IRC user "Odin" for spotting a typo in a previous reference to the old IRC system]
The new WikiLeakS.org Chat Page still claims that this is
(also good for safe interviews with anonymous sources).
which is simply not true of IRC or any other "live" chat or messaging system which is likely to be subjected to Communications Traffic Data Analysis by intelligence or law enforcement agencies.
Unless the anonymous whistleblower or potential whistleblower, takes extra precautions, then all of these systems could easily betray his or her identity, regardless of the fact that the content of what they type has been strongly encrypted.
The new IRC chat URL is now
Instead of the old self-signed Digital Certificate, which they used from January 2010 on httpps://secure.wikileaks.org:9999, they have now installed one from the same commercial Certificate Authority (GlobalSign nv-sa ) which is used for the htps://sunshinepress.org Wikileaks Upload web form
To be consistent and to help too establish trust in this Digital Certificate in case of Man--in-the-Middle attacks, WikiLeakS.org should really publish the cryptographic hash fingerprints
for this certificate, as they have done with the httpps://sunshinepess.org web pages
N.B. they should also have published the hash fingerprints on an actual WikiLeakS.org web page, since very few people will have heard of sunshinepress.org.and some of them will, correctly, be suspicious of it.
Since WikIleakS.org have not yet done so, here are the hash fingerprints for the benefit of web search engines queries:
Serial Number: 1000000000129DC536192
IRC should not really be the primary method of contacting the WiiKiLeakS.org technical staff.