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.

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  1. 6yhurt


    December 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 6yhurt


    December 10, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    Splitters! Its the JPF vesus the PFJ all over again.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DreamWorld

    All of you netizens know that freedom is not free but you set behind your keyboards and complain that your government is keeping information from you. You are not going to be able to do anything with this information that is being put online. Most of your attention spans can't remember anything within the last 24 to 48 hours. And for Wikileaks let see them post some hard hitting information about China or Russia I mean fair is fair right? They know if they did like the song say's "There would be no hiding place" And that is the reason why some of the staff from Wikileaks have departed because none of them wants to be in that situation. With them always looking over there shoulder.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lee Oates

    Watch carefully how Assange is being treated by Governments, especially the US. It is certainly clear that the US is making up the rules for the rest of the world as they go...corrupting government officials of other countries, pressuring their Justice systems, deliberately framing Assange in an attempt to ruin his reputation, and then attempting to use that to put Assange in reach of the US Government. The best thing that Assange has done is to expose the false front of being a free nation. Instead we see the attempted control of the internet for political reasons, attempts to block information from American citizens with threats of Black Listing those who read material from Wikileaks. This is a group of Fascist who are attempting to take over the US and curb our Freedoms. This is the right-wing hard at work.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. darcie

    to all of you bloggers that hate our government: move yourselves and your family to china or iran. speak what you write there and get your fingers cut off or your wives and children stoned.go live where they put your children to work at age 5 and only pay you pennies for your work. go where you can only have one child per family. america is a great place to live. you have many freedoms here. the government protects us from harm even though it keeps secrets . you idiots that hate our government have ne clue what it takes to run a country. there are reasons every little thing isnt made public for every one to see. wikkileaks needs to be shut down and all supporters need to move out of this country. your american.... support your country or get out

    December 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cameron

    Here's an idea; why doesn't the US set up it's own agency to provide a mouthpiece for and protect internal whistleblowers?

    And in a few years time, we can compare and assess which serves the public interest best out of the three: the U.S. We Watch The Watchers Bureau, OpenLeaks, or WikiLeaks.

    That's one way to put your 1st Amendment where your mouth is.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric

    Thank you WikiLeaks for finally giving the public a foolproof method to hold government accountable. 1.2 million supporters on Facebook, and growth has been exponential. The world has been waiting a very long time for this. No longer will the world be held hostage by a select few who have the secrecy structure that enables corruption and the manufacture of lies that lead to war.

    December 11, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. hahaahaha

    NEWS TO OPENLEAKS. Everything wikileaks has ever submitted has already been in the news before wikileaks so miraculously brought it to light. So basically your just going to be the middle man for news. Well they've already got wind of most of the stuff why would they pay you.

    December 11, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. gomezstega

    you can help solving these crimes with a Criminal Justice Degree, search the internet for "United Forensic College"

    December 11, 2010 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. Olivia

    Another blackmailer being fed by people lacking morals.

    December 11, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Anon01ex


    December 11, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marky

    Assange's self-righteous brand of whistle-blowing demonstrates no concern for the collateral damage it creates. His adolescent black-and-white view of "authority=bad; rebellion=good" shows an astonishing lack of emotional maturity. Taken to its logical conclusion, there is nothing except his personal whim preventing him from posting the private records of individual citizens with whom he disagrees, or dumping huge amounts of personal credit card, social security or other private data into the public domain simply to embarrass his imagined enemies. The fact that other unknown and less visible actors are emulating him has the potential to drive technology and society back to the pre-digital age. He's seen as a hero only by those who can't see past their own paranoia and conspiracy fantasies.

    December 11, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DreamWorld

      Well said..

      December 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFOnyc

      you are paranoid and your credit card remarks shows just that...
      WTG wikileaks, keep exposes those idiots in government and the abuses of the military...someone has to keep an eye on them!

      December 12, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    Okay, wikileaks was kinda cool for a while, but now this is getting boring. Make a site that helps people find jobs or something.

    We all know corruption takes place in every country of the world, but this group isn't after corruption on its own; they'll reveal any detail about anyone that will garner attention and traffic to their site.

    December 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. texas

    Most of wikeleaks is over two years old. I want to know how a 15 year old got into the cargo hold/wheel well of a 737 and dies but no one found him till he fell out of the plane. Or. Cnn rpted one third of the aircraft flying, the FAA has no clue who owns them. And we are worried about info that is old. Just a thought. Oh body scans and pat downs did not stop the 15 year old

    December 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
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