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.

soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. J.

    What is the difference? It is still accepting stolen property and encouraging people to commit treason.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Mr. Assange is not a U.S. citizen, therefore, he cannot commit treason to the United States. Furthermore, these leaks just show how much pain and suffering is caused by special interests running government around the world. The truth will set you free!

      December 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JO

      @ bob. Please read the statement before commenting, or at least make an attempt to comprehend what was written before spewing out nonsense. What J stated is that it promotes people to commit treason. In other words those who are providing the information to wikileaks and not Assange. He did not state or even imply Assange for commiting treason.

      December 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jack Torrence

    This is great! The government can finally be held accountable for it's actions. The more information that is released the better.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    This is just more proof that the leaks will be released whether the government wants them to or not. Now watch for what will happen in the US: this incident will be used as justification for tighter controls of the Internet, along with state-sponsored censorship in the form of bullying tech companies (or accepting their collaboration) into participating in the effort. There is already a precedent for such behavior on part of telecom companies. See domestic spying of US citizens.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robert

    I don't trust this new move of giving information over to the Media and I wouldn't trust any new leadership in wikileaks should be trusted since I'm sure their has been thoughts of compromising people that can change policies in wikileaks and giving it to the media is not something I agree. We all know the media has been compromised by global members of orders of many group towards a global agenda. Almost every global government and it's members has been part of an order as puppets to a new world they are trying to build, all your banks, media, food, drug admin, defense agency, intelligence agency are all part of a small group of men and women that are puppets to a handful of men to create a global empire where humanity is controlled and all is used to allow humanity to progress to the new evolution of the world. We are in a 3D stage making a shift, what these men don't understand is this is why global government is falling apart because of the great awakening in humans, the shift has begun. Notice this, notice how now their has been more people against government censorship of freedom then ever before and all we all have come together to expose this world. We also have help from very close friends that have been deactivating government nuclear weapons and closely watching government from above. We are very secret, and our cause is nt something that can e stopped for our cause is a change no man in a 3D world can stop for our nature is passed this. Humanity is free to explore it's universe and love shall ring the earth and ones will be the new world here so we may learn to unite. Love and Light.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. unksam

    you either don;t want this to happen and go on your merry life not knowing how large govt's and corp manipulate to their advantage in the name of greed, or leaking leverages the field thus exposing the dirt and putting pressure on the parties involved to stop or change.

    downfall of the latter is that yes it gives the gov't the opportunity to play big brother and spy on nearly every one, creating a Logan's Run type scenario

    choose your poison

    December 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ken

    This won't work, as the media in the US seems to abide by whatever the government tells them. They have to or they get blacklisted from breaking government news and exclusive information and interviews. Once more the common person is left in the dark to be walked upon by those with wealth and power.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. OK, I believe you


    December 10, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lila

    So an individual with an axe to grind against certain governments and people, cherry picks info for his own agenda is somehow more "open" than the media, without any axe to grind ,who cherry picks info for their agenda? C'mon!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. steven harnack

    And the next step is that the site that submit your leak to IS the government and you've just put your neck into a noose!

    December 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Calypso

    I'm all for exposing corrpution and evil deeds, but that's not what Wikileaks is doing. It's attacking political dipomacy. A lot of what goes on behind closed doors is done to PREVENT war and suffering. Ass-ange and his gang of henchmen could actually be making the world MORE dangerous. The people who are going to get hurt by these releases are NOT the ones making the decisions, The fact is that Assange is a dangerous ego-maniac who is willing to hurt or kill innocent people for his own glory. At the end of the day, he's no better than the people he's trying to expose.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repeat after me - I Am Free

      Ha ha ha – I almost split my side open laughing at this.

      So you are saying that the truth hurts people, and secrecy keeps people safe?
      How incredibly simple (minded.)

      Also, it's okay to lie because everyone does it? Great moral values!

      December 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. F O

    Does this mean that I can now leak classified info unanimously and forward them to Al-quaida using these people's infrastructure? These people are getting crazier by the day! Now spies will have a means to convey info to their masters. And disgruntled military personnel sympathetic to Al-quaida will have some means of venting their anger.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Char646

    This might protect them legally but submitting them to news organizations who may or may not be censoring the news seems to defeat the purpose of wikileaks to begin with? We all agree there are news organizations out there who wont come close to a story if they feel it is just politically too hot, thats why there is a wikileaks.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cold War Veteran

    I wouldn't trust it. Sounds like a set-up to catch leakers (and people who view the leaks).

    December 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dolph

    Any U.S. citizen that gets busted leaking classified information should get a free pass to the firing squad. Treason can be tantamount to murder if the right information is leaked.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Government stooge

      December 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      Yay, we have a troll! Too bad it isn't a bright one as I would have loved a good debate on how I'm a "government stooge". LOL

      December 10, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      You're stooging for the criminal US government. Hence, "government stooge". Tool.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      *Pssst...* Will... your lack of intelligence is showing. You might want to go back to World of Warcraft, the only world in which you seem to matter.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      ...besides, if I was on the government payroll, I'd be required to hug those who commit treason against our country and give them a big fat check for their troubles.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fail

      Yes Dolph, hurling insults at someone you don't know is a huge sign of intelligence there.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. YBM

    I miss the good old days, the people committing treason were executed and the others that spread the secrets would "disappear." Secrets are "secrets" for a reason. All these helpers of wikileaks need to be found and need to disappear.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      I miss the good old days, when paid government stooges were identified and rightly ridiculed. SO I'm calling you out YBM. You're a tool.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBM

      Will, typical naive liberal who believes the world is all "nicey nice." A liberal that can only resort to name calling when they know they are wrong but don't want to admit it.

      Stooge no, patriot yes.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      Go easy on Will, YBM. He's obviously led a very sheltered life and only gets his news from CNN. He can't help it that he's out of touch with reality.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fail

      I, too, miss the old days.
      Days when people questioned their government and attempted to keep it in check.
      After all, if our founding fathers never questioned the rule of the British, this would still be England.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      you're a govt asset bro, how's it feel?

      December 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
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