pre-commitment 1: John Kerry 4bb96075acadc3d80b5ac872874c3037a386f4f595fe99e687439aabd0219809— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 16, 2016
Follow up comments:
@shebamariba @wikileaks @0HOUR1__ looks like a dead man switch of sorts. already sent the data to their cables, this is the encryption pass— cowemoji (@cow_emoji) October 16, 2016
@shebamariba @BDWood73 @0HOUR1__ @wikileaks called "a dead man's switch" just a precaution...but we can expect a bad day for John Kerry soon— freakohealth (@JacquelynBaker8) October 16, 2016
Precommitment is a strategy in which a party to a conflict uses a commitment device to strengthen its position by cutting off some of its options to make its threats more credible. Any party employing a Strategy of Deterrence faces the problem that retaliating against an attack may ultimately result in significant damage to their own side. If this damage is significant enough, then the opponent may take the view that such retaliation would be irrational, and therefore, that the threat lacks credibility, and hence, it ceases to be an effective deterrent. Precommitment improves the credibility of a threat, either by imposing significant penalties on the threatening party for not following through, or, by making it impossible to not respond.
For instance, an army can burn a bridge behind it, making retreat evidently impossible.... Alternatively, in the context of the Cold War, fail-deadly retaliation systems such as the Soviet Dead Hand make a response to a sudden attack automatic, regardless of whether or not anyone is left alive to make decisions.