New Competition For Wikileaks Shows Up -- Say Hello To OpenLeaks

from the are-we-going-to-jail-them-too? dept

Like many folks, I'm somewhat conflicted about Wikileaks as an organization. It's been clear for quite some time that it has some organizational issues, to put it mildly. However, as we've pointed out the concept behind Wikileaks is inevitable, and we fully expected that even if Wikileaks itself went away, others would quickly step up to take its place. Last month, we noted that some former Wikileakers (who were not at all happy with Assange's leadership) were planning a new competitor.

Slashdot points us to the news that their offering, to be called OpenLeaks, is expected to launch next week. The new operation claims it will function slightly differently than Wikileaks, but with the same general intent: allowing whistleblowers to leak sensitive information. The main difference appears to be that OpenLeaks won't publish information directly, but will offer it up to others to publish. I'm not entirely sure how that will work, but either way it seems to be clear that even if the US government were successful in somehow making Wikileaks "go away," it won't stop the general trend towards systems and institutions designed to help whistleblowing.

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  1. identicon
    Hmmm, 10 Dec 2010 @ 5:40am

    Re:

    The difference between your analogy of a family/personal secrets and what wikileaks is doing, is that you (and each member of your family) don't represent the interests of millions of voters.

    That's the core difference here. It's not simply "exposing personal secrets" or anything similar to that. US foreign policy has an effect on *billions* of people, and it's being carried out in total secrecy.


    If wikileaks were releasing things like "Obama ruined his first relationship by trying to pressure his gf into sex before she was ready", I'd agree with your point. But that's not what they're releasing. They're releasing things like "US embassy in Spain exerts pressure on Spanish courts to inhibit investigation into death of Spanish journalist by US forces" (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/dec/09/wikileaks-cables-huge-impact-spain).

    You simply can't compare international diplomacy to domestic relationships. The analogy just doesn't work.

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