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. vkmo

    I posted criticism on the internet of JA. In retaliation my ID has been attacked and the attacks are continuing. Since Dec 2 my ID has been attacked over 150 times. These attacks were termed "unauthorized attack" by my antivirus provider. JA supporters are not in favor of free speech, they want to HURT you if you criticise them.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. vamike

    So is Lady Gaga guilty of collaborating with Private Bradley Manning since it was her CD that was used to transport the secret data from the SIPRNET

    December 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. citizenUSA

    Some days ago someone posted that anyone who was trying to stifle Wikileaks or shut down their site, is tantamount to a terrorist. I replied back that do you really feel terrified because someone is trying to stop someone else from endangering the security of our country and possibly putting American lives at stake? For that matter the lives of others around the world. The ones supporting ASSange are the true terrorists. Their goal to strike fear into us so we won't mess with the thing that looks like it just hatched from aome alien egg. You stupid hackers think your so smart. Take down Visa"a website and watch your Grandmother go without her medicine because her Visa card won't work. Or see your electricity, water and such get shut-off because you pay with Visa. Is that what you want? Remember, anything you do will affect you, your family and millions of unintended, innocent people. Use your smarts to help find the true terroists who want to wipe out our existance. Since you're all so smart, better start learning Chinese or some middle-Eastern language. Are we really going to let some pimply-faced 16 year old take down our society?

    December 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruePatriot

      True Secret = We (USA) created the terrorists

      Doesn't anybody read George Orwell's 1984 anymore?

      December 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JD

    Julian Assange is my hero – I refuse to be a sheep, but lack the money or power to speak out too loudly. The tuth is out there, but rarely found in the news. America is more interested in what celebrities are doing than the state of the world.

    December 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • vamike

      I'm happy for you. Are you going to put on a uniform and defend your country when our enemies use this information to bring down our infrastructure and attack our homeland?

      December 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mfred

      Yes, we the sheeple! I'm always amused at how as a last resort conspiricay people use phrases like, you're all sheep or "I refuse to be a sheep" as if you're any different than anyone else. BTW, you are a sheep for logging on the internet. Corporations who run this thing depend on sheeple like you regardless of your opinions. They continue making money...it doesn't matter to them and you become one more corporate pawn.

      December 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Your're funny. Declaring your loyalty to ASSange makes you a sheep. Imagine, threatening the world with who knows what if he's killed, arrested or Wikileaks is shut down for doing something perhaps illegal but definitely insane . Sure sounds like terrorism. And he's your hero. Sounds like an Austin Powers movie. How sad for you. Pick one American soldier anywhere and you'll find the biggest hero there is. Unless you've served, it must be nice to live in a country others are willing to put their lives on the line for to protect YOU AND YOR FAMILY. Oh, and that includes the right to say what you did which we should. It's too bad life isn't perfect. Have you never done ANYTHING that might be considered illegal, immoral, improper? And I mean from stealing a pack of gum to murder. There's more secret stuff going on than you want to know about. EVERY country has something. So we told some diplomats to keep an extra ear and eye open. Some months ago we expelled a few dozen Russian spies living in our country. Who talks about that anymore. Most cyber attacks on our government computers come from China. We've all known about it for years. Go do something about that.

      December 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mjwilstein

    Ron Paul stood up for Julian Assange on the floor of the House today, questioning the U.S.'s right/ability to try him for treason:

    December 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • boocat

      Well Ron Paul is an idiot. Assange IS NOT an American citizen so he cannot be tried for treason....jeezy creezy!!!!

      December 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. drenr1

    Aren't we all curious what the banks were doing before and during the crisis? How they treated theirselves with big bonus systems and make us pay for it after it went wrong. And wouldn't we be all happy if Wikileaks would give us some information about this?

    December 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sahari

    I want the real, uncensored deal. I'm not a baby bird - I'm ready to stand inside my own responsibility without the need for others to pre-digest and then regurgitate information.

    December 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. boocat

    You reap what you sow. I hope more of this stuff comes out and causes the government of this country to implode. I hate all of those idiots in DC.

    December 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WhataJoke

    What a joke. OpenLeaks an its not gonna be an open site viewable by th public. Should be named ClosedLeaks or better yet TipsterTrap. Get their intel, lock it up an pass it on to th proper agencies to go after em. Indeed, what a joke...

    December 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyler

    Wikileakes has shed light on countless acts of corruption. How is this bad? The government is getting exactly what it promised "a more transparent gov."

    December 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      People would rather be ignorant to the fact that all governments are corrupt. If a person doesn't agree that all wars waged by the U.S. are justified, they are labeled as unpatriotic or a terrorist. As long as you fly the flag and hate everyone that is different – you're a good ole American who hates Julian Assange.

      December 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. xiaobao

    I expect a dozen of these sites in a few years

    December 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John

    Any deeds are potential leaking material. If the government hotshots don't like it, don't do it. Assange is a hero. Continue his unfinished work, brace brothers!

    December 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ireland

    My take on this is Julian Assange is going to be deported not to Sweden but the United States, he will be declared a terrorist and shipped to Guantanamo and tried by a military tribunal outside of the public eye. He will never see the light of day again. Ask him in 50 years if he thought it was worth it, I think not.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      I really hope you are wrong, but it would be no surprise. It would be interesting to see how our "government" might justify it.

      December 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. njm

    lets make this a fair game.. got any dirt on china or iran? i bet wikileaks wouldnt publish those if wikilieaks had them... assange should feel lucky the US has some respect for human rights

    December 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NSA key

    All of this wiki lulls you into a false sense of internet security. You might even think some sort of war is being waged iver internet control, when in fact the internet, since 1998 anyway, has never been secure from government control. If you haven't figured this out by now, you probably never will. Obviously it doesn't concern you.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
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