Ex-staffers creating WikiLeaks spinoff site
December 10th, 2010
11:54 AM ET

Ex-staffers creating WikiLeaks spinoff site

Several of Julian Assange's ex-colleagues say they're launching a WikiLeaks-like site called OpenLeaks next week.

According to Forbes columnist Andy Greenberg, leakers will be able to submit information to the site, but the site won't publish it. Instead, the leakers will name who such as specific media organizations or watchdog groups can have access to the information, Forbes reported. Those users will make their own decisions about fact-checking, editing and publishing.

That will allow the exposure of the information without the same legal questions that WikiLeaks faces, one of OpenLeaks' founders, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, told Forbes.

The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter said OpenLeaks' founders wanted to continue to expose secrets but were unhappy with Assange's methods.

"As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure and ensuring that the organization continues to be democratically governed by all its members, rather than limited to one group or individual," one anonymous staff member told the paper.

Assange, the Australian founder and editor of WikiLeaks, is being held in England over Swedish sex-crime allegations unrelated to the WikiLeaks controversy.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday he has authorized "significant" actions related to a criminal investigation of WikiLeaks.

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  1. Heston

    Hahaha. and you know who will donate files? No one.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. EDpeak

    "Assange's self-righteous brand of whistle-blowing demonstrates "

    False, Wikileaks REDACTED names in the CableGate releases.

    Now if you REALLY care about "collateral damage" then get past the hype in the mainstream media and let's look at the facts in the eyes: it is Unaccountable Government Action that has caused Collateral Damage. It is unaccuontable government actions, (not just by Washington but other countries too, but particulalry by the most powerful governments in the world, a shortlist certainly including Washington) and corporations acting under cover of secrecy that, unlike Wikileaks is not just a case of "maybe" or "hypothetical" deaths to citizens, but has led to the deaths of literally *thousands* of American men and women in uniform in wars based on lies, as well as, broken laws behind closed doors.

    It's not that governments and corporations acting in secret have maybe caused as much damage as the Wikileaks release; it's that they have already caused thousands of times more death and mayhem, than Assange/Wikileaks are even acused of (much less guilty of) possibly causing in the future.

    December 11, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jack

    you guys still on Wikileak? if you read too much of that FBI is going to come after you.

    December 12, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Doc Johnnie

    As far as I can see, open government can only be a good thing. Collateral damage? And whose fault is that? Who made the action which created the possibility of collateral damage in the first place? Think about it. How many of you Americans realise that FBI = KGB?

    December 12, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Stefan Hunter

    People are tired of senseless wars around the world. We are in a new age where not everyone believes in the policies that are set forth by their nation’s government. Thus setting the stage for transparency for governmental decisions. Ending the back office deals like we see in the Middle East. (Saudi Arabia & Yemen)

    December 12, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Cesar

    No comment.

    December 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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