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.