9/11 Pager Messages Released

Eight years after the fact, Wikileaks is releasing a series of unencrypted messages that were sent between pagers (many of them belonging to police and other officials) in the 24 hours surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The document-leaking site began releasing the 500,000 messages collected, beginning at 3 a.m. Eastern time Wednesday, and will continue for 24 hours, in order to follow the timeline in which they were sent on the day itself. Some of the messages to be released came from the Pentagon, FBI, FEMA and New York police. The pages include official information, as well as personal messages—“Eddie and Paul are OK. Paul is still trapped in his building which is next to the WTC.” Such messages have long been easy to hack, but Wikileaks maintains that its sources are organized and legitimate.