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In Manafort Case, Encrypted Messages Don’t Mean Much if People Involved in the Conversation Are Snitches

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

How did special counsel Robert Mueller’s people get Paul Manafort’s encrypted messages that suggested he was tampering with witnesses?

In a court filing, Mueller writes that FBI investigators obtained messages that Manafort—who was indicted for money laundering, tax fraud, and other charges in October—sent to witnesses in his case in an attempt to convince them to lie about lobbying work they performed for him, reports Slate magazine.

Manafort allegedly used WhatsApp and Telegram, two security-focused messaging apps that boast end-to-end encryption, Slate notes, adding that ” end-to-end encryption isn’t that useful if one of the people in the conversation is a snitch. The court filing claims that two of the witnesses Manafort were trying to contact simply handed all of his Telegram messages over to the authorities.”

 


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