WikiLeaks rival launches new secret-spilling site

Jan 28, 2011 By FRANK JORDANS , Associated Press

(AP) -- A former WikiLeaks spokesman launched a rival website Friday, saying he planned to give whistleblowers more control over the secrets they spill.

The new platform, called OpenLeaks, will allow sources to choose specifically who they want to submit documents to anonymously, such as to a particular news outlet, said Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

"We'd like to work with that have an interest in informing the public," he told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting of top business and political leaders in the Swiss resort of Davos.

The difference between his group and , he said, would be that his group leaves reviewing the material up to the publication or advocacy group chosen by the source to receive the information.

WikiLeaks has struggled to wade through the vast amounts of material it received - particularly the hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables - and been criticized for sharing the data with only a handful of media outlets around the world.

Domscheit-Berg said giving more professional journalists and analysts the opportunity to receive and sift through documents would speed up the process while making OpenLeaks less of a target, as it would not be publishing any of the material itself.

"We are not going to get under the same kind of scrutiny from governments and big corporations as WikiLeaks is currently," he said.

WikiLeaks and its 39-year-old Australian founder Julian Assange have come under increasing pressure since beginning to publish some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables in November.

Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who fell out with Assange, said the two websites and others soon to be launched could complement each other, helping to "decentralize" the whistleblowing process.

OpenLeaks will begin testing in several weeks and could be fully operational later this year, he said. So far it has received no outside funding, but should that ever be the case it would be done transparently, he added.

Jeff Jarvis, who teaches journalism at the City University of New York and attended the launch, said the appearance of WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks and others points to a shift in control over information.

"It used to be that he or she who held secrets held power," Jarvis told The Associated Press. "Now he or she who creates transparency holds power."

"The inspiration that's occurring out of all this is very important," he added. "What it says to people in power and government and business is: 'you can't hide.'"

Explore further: Study shows role of media in sharing life events

More information: http://www.openleaks.org/

4.7 /5 (3 votes)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

WikiLeaks to defy US demands on leaked cables

Nov 28, 2010

(AP) -- The online website WikiLeaks says it will go ahead with the release of hundreds of thousands of classified State Department documents in defiance of U.S. demands not to publish the files.

WikiLeaks chief lashes out at media during debate

Sep 30, 2010

(AP) -- WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange lashed out at the mainstream media during a debate at a London university Thursday, fighting back at a string of unfavorable stories that have appeared since his organization's ...

Amazon's UK site selling WikiLeaks excerpts

Dec 09, 2010

(AP) -- Portions of the diplomatic cables contained in WikiLeaks are available for sale on Amazon's U.K. website, an odd twist after the company ousted the organization from its hosting service.

WikiLeaks: Pentagon ready to discuss Afghan files

Aug 18, 2010

(AP) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Wednesday the Pentagon has expressed willingness to discuss the online whistleblower's request for help in reviewing classified documents from the Afghan war ...

Recommended for you

Scalping can raise ticket prices

4 hours ago

Scalping gets a bad rap. For years, artists and concert promoters have stigmatized ticket resale as a practice that unfairly hurts their own sales and forces fans to pay exorbitant prices for tickets to sold-out concerts. ...

Study shows role of media in sharing life events

Jul 24, 2014

To share is human. And the means to share personal news—good and bad—have exploded over the last decade, particularly social media and texting. But until now, all research about what is known as "social sharing," or the ...

User comments : 0