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. NSA key

    @njm...wiki has leaked buttloads on foreigners. get a clue already.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    I hear ya JD.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. akismet-9ad98894581fc39f46558f55a33e71b0

    Let's still support ..... WikiLeaks by sharing information obtained from WikiLeaks

    Other information


    December 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emerson

    This is the real truth http://lnk.co/F5M2Q

    December 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. spoo

    we are just entering a new era of cyber-paparazzi. the information that these leaks show, most the time is just gossip and goverment celebrity scandal. i do not care what clinton thinks of goverment officials in other countries, garbage

    December 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. andy

    god the majority of you only hear what you want to hear, don't you? these leaks don't change the fact that the actions in question happened, just who knows about it. these "new 9/11's" are just as rediculous in concept as they are in practice. the people affected by what has already happened were affected by it regardless of whether or not anyone else knows. they aren't going to be any further spurred to action than they would have been if the public was still unaware. christ, here come the commi hunters all over again. what kills me is we look back on our cold war era policies and opinions and see them as propaganda, why can't we see it here as well? "loose lips sink ships" is the equivalent of "don't question what we do. we are right because we say so, and if we chose, you will fight and die for these decisions that you know nothing about." here's a novel idea: instead of suppressing the knowledge of all the terrible things our government does, how about they just quit doing the terrible things in the first place? no whistle to blow = no whistle blowers.

    sidebar: paypal, mastercard and visa only lost functionality of their web pages, they continued to provide their normal services mostly uninterrupted. saying someone's gradmother couldn't get her medication as a result is completely delusional

    December 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |

    I love how they use an image of a spam link for their "search results."

    December 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john

    END OF

    December 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      Oh yeah. Thanks John. You really convinced me with that. Your decree is final!

      December 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DreamWorld


      December 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ihaterednecks

    Wikileaks did nothing illegal, once information hits the public domain, it is public! theres no evidence Assange obtained the info illegal, rather anonymously. Further more, whos been hurt? The redneck argument is "people got hurt, are getting hurt!" what? who? lol get a life and seriously get a disconnect because "yall" brain is hijacked. The only one thats getting hurt from this are those complicit in illegal acts using the name and funds of the American tax payer. Loving your country means caring for its ideals and principles and if your idea of safe is allowing a bunch of dirty politicians to endanger your life, than like the great jeff foxworthy once said, YOU ARE A REDNECK! lol check out my music reverbnation.com/tdatrufe

    December 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      The thing is, we really don't know what all the repercussions might be from all this. Now you have these drones of pimply-faced 16 year old kids hacking into legitimate business websites just for the purpose of causing harm for stopping business with ASSange. If you can't buy your Star Wars doll on e-bay because PayPal has been hacked into and shut down, waddayagonnado? Where does it all stop?

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

    The new "Pentagon Papers" of the 21st Century. When governments deceive the governed, exposure of the facts is the only alternative. Bush lied to Americans about Iraq and sent thousands of soldiers to their deaths while spending a trillion dollars and sending the US into a depression.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      ...and neither W or Cheney were charged with war crimes. That should have been a wake up call for Americans when our so called leaders lied consistently and no one challenged them. Abuse of power in its highest form.

      December 10, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MonkeyLove

    Simple rule do not put in writing what you do not want public. Would you ever write a secret down that you want to keep secret? Maybe I should put all my passwords in a text file on my desktop, and then email it to my yahoo account.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. communist_news_network

    I somewhat agree with MonkeyLove. This comes down to the government having better control over access to secret data, which I know from experience is a joke.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike C

    Hey CNN, do u really make me scroll thru 168 comments to leave a comment???

    December 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Allan

    I'm waiting for the app to come out.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. uhoh

    what will happen when someone at openleaks leaves to sell all the names of the people that so cowardly leaked the classified info? hopefully this is just the u.s. govt posing as wiki people...nothing is anonymous

    December 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
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