Emmanuel Goldstein, editor of 2600 The Hacker Quarterly magazine, made his comments in reference to an encrypted file recently posted on the site.
Some suspect the file—as yet unopened—contains further sensitive material.
It has been reposted around the web and is available for anyone to download.
"If you release it in encrypted form, nobody really knows if you've released it or not—or even what the material is," Mr Goldstein told BBC News.
"Then, if something happens to you, all it takes is the revelation of a simple spoken phrase known by a select group of people and everyone who has this mystery file now has all of the secrets."
From BBC News
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