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. wikidude


    December 10, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DJ

    I'd like to submit my stool sample to Julian. What address should I sent it to?

    December 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • vamike

      If the get the address, let me know I will send a bag full.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fricsaid

    Wiki who??? I've never felt compelled to visit the site.....even after all this press. To each his own, I guess. 🙂

    December 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repeat after me - I Am Free

      "Look, I am an Ostrich!"

      December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nate

    Anyone posting comments on a site like this who is using the English language should be required to do so using proper grammar. When one attempts to write in English and is incapable of doing so properly, it makes one sound like a blubbering fool, and the overriding point is lost in idiocy.

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

      Too bad everyone ain't smart like you.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      We have alot of illiterate morons in this country....

      December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patriot

    This site is a honey pot set up by US intel agencies.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Madmax

    Ever since this story broke out weeks ago, I wonder what would happens if China or Russia's state secrets were exposed to the world just like this? I'd love to see what they're hiding.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • YBM

      That won't happen, as both of those countries would immediately execute the perpetrator and at the first threat of wikileaks releasing information they would have made no comment. Everyone associated with wikileaks would have disappeared, or been found dead as an object lesson.

      December 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaded

      If Russian and Chinese secrets are leaked, all those involved, who they associate with and their families will be shot dead the next day, dumped in a river and never be heard of again. As for the people who thinks that Assange is doing the right thing, when the terrorist blows up a dam that kills thousands of people and knocks out the power station that delivers electricity to keep your ass and your family warm, see what you think when you're arranging the funeral for your mother, father, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces. Maybe we'll get another 9/11. Remember that one?

      December 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Luc Carriere

    more leaks the better.

    December 10, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Donio

    What Assange has done is no surprise. Just like the things the people in the US government have done are no surprise. Just read what people on here are posting and you see the mentality of the people of this world. It's a surprise humans still populate this planet.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    Um there are the same legal problems. You will still be leaking "secrets" even though you are not publishing them.

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

    Those of you who claim wikileaks is spreadinf danferious info that could lead to war are either blinded or just dont care because your not in the areas where these austrities are taking place

    December 10, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • austrasity

      dang glad i'm not

      December 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bud

    I have to laugh at the stupidity of most posters who think this is something that's targeted toward the US, as though WL has never done anything other than target the US. Friends, and idiots, just take a look at their history and you'll see that this isn't personal against the US. Everyone's open for it. It's just due to the uproar they've generated over the last couple of leaks that were US-based. If our government thinks they may show up on the net, maybe they'll be a bit more careful with what they call other politicians behind their backs.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. weallgotone

    It's like when Napster got bought out.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mfred

    "The Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter said OpenLeaks' founders wanted to continue to expose secrets but were unhappy with Assange's methods."
    What? You meam methods like extortion and blackmail to deal yourself out of jail? So where's that "poison pill /nuclear bomb" anyway? That kind of died...didn't it! Sounds like this group is proposing a friendlier approach therefore gaining support from other than conspiracy theory types. The world definitely needs this sort of outlet and hopefully will be a bit more atractive to the mainstream. Assange will be forgotten in a few months anyway.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Handsomeandhairy

    This is such a non news story. I think its refreshing to have this information leaked out. This is the only interesting stuff to come out of Washington in month. its much better than the "hand feeding" we get from the US Government on a daily basis . They decide what we know, what we read and they spin it so we all react the way they want us to act. I want unfillterd news. I want news that is news.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terre

    The Norwegian daily newspaper "Dagsavisen" has as the first newspaper (I believe it is the first) put all the leaked cables from Wikileaks on their server. There is no way US can stop this and we shouldn't do so either. The reaction by the US has hurt our country more than the cables. To beat all this US declared they will host the "World Press Freedom Day" in 2011, that's really hysterical.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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