A Technical and Cultural Assessment of the Mueller Report PDF

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Ok this is way more interesting than it seems. It's not a political post, it is a technical analysis of the the PDF that was delivered to the public. Spoiler: PDF experts are not happy.

The fact that DoJ chose to deliver an "images only" PDF forces a much larger file-size and loss of searchable text. Effectively, this process "dumbed down" the PDF to a set of images - the same type of content that comes out of a scanner. Admittedly, it is also a crude but effective means of ensuring (beyond redaction) that nothing is released besides images of pages... but the redaction software available to DoJ is fully effective at redacting born-digital PDF files, so image conversion was unnecessary.

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