Decrypting WikiLeaks insurance file

Johan Wevers johanw at
Thu Sep 1 18:24:33 CEST 2011


I read that the password for the insurance.aes256 file WikiLeaks
distributed some time agoo has been revealed to be


(talk about a long password). However, which tool is used to encrypt it?
I tried decrypting it with gpg (no valid OpenPGP data found) and with
openssl with the command

openssl enc -d -aes256 -in insurance.aes256 > out.dec

which gives an error after copying almost the entire file to out.dec.
Does someone know which tool to use? And yes, I know the decrypted file
can be downloaded from TPB but I'm just curious about the encryption.

ir. J.C.A. Wevers
PGP/GPG public keys at

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