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. Igor

    And they will be the Gods who deside which small media group will get the info. Do you smell money?

    December 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kodiak71

    There are reasons some of this stuff is secret...Lies start wars? So does the truth.

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

      I've been told if I've done nothing wrong I have nothing to fear from ever-increasing government intrusion into my private life. Why doesn't that standard apply to the people doing the watching?

      December 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Will

    Watch out, readers. The US government is hiring paid stooges to post their "opinions" on blogs and news websites, just like the Chinese Communist Party does. Take any comment that you read here with a grain of salt.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBM

      Especially yours, as you apparently have no concept of the real world, still live in your parents basement playing video games all day. Leave their basement, get a real job and be a useful member of society, rather than a drag on society.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Thank goodness somebody's figured out that the powers-that-be are hiring fools to write anti-Wikileaks comments as a part of their failing propaganda. Nice try, but it ain't working. Just go anywhere in this world and start talking about Wikileaks and you'll quickly see how fake some of these posts are. A bunch of buffoons (so-called world leaders and corrupt corporations) are running this third rate "world show"...time for a real revolution.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBM

      @Me, you seem to be as worthless as Will is. You don't understand how many active duty and retired/former active duty military members are po'ed. There is not lack of volunteers for the firing squad of that treasonous specialist that violated so many military regulations taking that classified information. I would bet that you and Willy have never served a day in your life and have no concept of the sacrifice military members are offering to make so that you and Willy can live your little protected/sheltered lives.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatGuy

      @YBM... Last I checked, Assange didn't commit any treason. He's not even an American citizen. The treason was committed by members of our military. All Assange did was say to the world, hey listen to what I heard, the guys we should be shooting is the ones that are gonna be court marshalled for walking out with a so-called CD of Lady Gaga music.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fail

      Paid stooges? What is this, the 50s?
      No way man, government doesn't pay these idiots a cent, they're just idiots who believe everything their government tells them.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBM

      @thatguy, if you would have really read what I posted, the army specialist that took all the secrets is the one I was referring to that needs to be shot and there are no lack of volunteers for the firing squad. Assuange broke no laws that I know of, he is just and idiot that should have known better, unless he is one of those that believes and supports chaos. If that is the case, then he needs to be shot as well.

      @fail, you must have been looking in the mirror when you were describing an idiot. Apt name by the way, as a self descriptor, it tells us about you.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alicho

    Stupid diversion!! all we need is transparency and a people who can die for that transparency!!! Go Julian!!

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

      Are you volunteering to die for the transparency? Take Will with you.

      December 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Knucklehead61

    Big Brother is p!$$ed off....

    December 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike O

    Mind you thosem that will be allowed access will be those 'News organizations and watchdog groups" that made large donations to both the leakers and the OpenLeaks people. Essentially, an open stock exchange for espionage and the trading traitors- and their facilitators- will be tring to get rich. Nobility wrapped in greenbacks. (or Euros).

    December 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hank

    They are doing this because of what Assange is doing. The site, the leakers want anonymity. Wikileaks lost credibility when one man took power. It's no longer about the free exchange if information, it's all become about 1 man, destroying what they claim to be about.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alison

    If anyone thinks that there is any government or corporation anywhere in the world that is completely forthcoming about every single minute detail of their operations, you are sadly mistaken. There is a reason that some things are not public knowledge, because they do not need to be. Do you really think that your need for information is worth more than the lives of people in harms way whose operations may be compromised by classified/secret information that is leaked? If you can find a country in the world where the government doesn't lie, the media doesn't have it's own agenda, and there has never been war or conflict, then by all means, go live there.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      These people would never move to another country. They've got it way too good here in the U.S. They'll continue to live off the success and freedom of this nation, while constantly stabbing it in the back.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Grog

    Can anybody name a single law that WikiLeaks has actually broken? The "legal questions" being raised are not grounded in any actual law that I'm aware of. This site is just a response to political pressure, and will be 1/100th as effective as WikiLeaks at actually revealing what our bloated, authoritarian government is doing.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dolph

      Wikileaks didn't break any U.S. laws that I'm aware of. The leakers that gave up this information, however, have broken many laws.

      Believe what you want to believe, Grog. I hope you can sleep at night knowing that thousands of people's lives, careers, families and well being have been put in harm's way because of this. But none of that matters, right? Just so you feel "good" about the "evil government" being exposed.

      December 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thomas

    Why is WikiLeaks hacking American sites if they are pro-American? It makes no sense. WikiLeaks and Julian need to die a fast painful death. POWER TO AMERICAAAAA

    December 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. vamike

    Why do people who claim to be the defenders of free speech and free journalism attack the one country that defends those rights for its citizens? Keep in mind that the secrets leaked here were not in the hands of everyday citizens, these were in the hands of professional intelligence analyst that clearly knew if was wrong to leak it. Julian Assange is not a journalistic hero; he is a criminal that is gaining fame at the expense of the United States. So, what happens if the U.S. is marginalized by damaging leaks? What country is willing and able to defend the rest of the freedom loving nations? Be careful what you ask for, you may find that Muslim rule or communist rule is harsh and does not tolerate freedom of speech or press.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brandy Brogie

    Awareness is important. So is the recognition that it's only pieces of a bigger picture. The transition from the illusion of privacy to transparency is alarming one. The puppet and the puppeteer are oposite sides of the same coin.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marc

    This is a shame, the pressure and intimidation that wikileaks is being subject to is a step in the wrong direction. A step in the direction of shutting mouths, controlling media and keeping people ignorant. Where do you see this happen? you see it in some developing countries and the dictatorships.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • vamike

      There is a very real chance that China will be offended enough by the leaked information that they will change their position on North Korea and we will find the U.S. in a full scale war defending South Korea. You have no idea what the cost in U.S. and South Korean lives would be if that happend. And, God forbid that it turn escalate into a nuclear confrontation. That will spread very quickly and see literally millions of people die. Is that worth supporting WikiLeaks irresponsible release of sensitive information?

      December 10, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. marcus ivy

    I was against the wikileak guy at 1st. But if you think about it , we have a right to know what our "politicians" are doing with all our money.If we get embarresed, it's our fault... we elected them...They can't stop spending money. The whole washington thing is a joke.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Very funny

    Openleaks? what a joke. I think Ill open an Openleaks franchise as well. Send me all your juicy secrets, so I can peruse them at my leasure, becuase "I" know how to handle secrets better then you. And of course I wont send them anywhere except to my friends to enhance my image in their eyes. And of course if the USG comes to get me I will hand over everything I have, sources as well, because I am afraid of being in trouble.

    Why would any fool, send information that could get them in hot water to some egomanic in a back office who may decide use the material for his own mastibatory material, and run the risk of being hot water when the USG comes ringing my doorbell.

    The fact is if the prosicute anyone from weakleaks, they will be forced by the defense to show why the individuals who outed Valerie Plame were not indicted. this wont go far.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
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