Wall Street Journal launches WikiLeaks rival

May 05, 2011

The Wall Street Journal launched a WikiLeaks rival called "SafeHouse" on Thursday, calling for online submissions to help uncover fraud and abuse in business and politics.

"If you have newsworthy contracts, correspondence, emails, financial records or databases from companies, government agencies or non-profits, you can send them to us using the SafeHouse service," the Journal said at wsj.safehouse.com.

The newspaper said SafeHouse's security features include file encryption and the possibility for a contributor or whistleblower to remain anonymous.

It said the SafeHouse site was located on secure servers managed directly by Journal editors.

The Journal said SafeHouse's interests include "politics, government, banking, Wall Street, deals and finance, corporations, labor, law, national security and foreign affairs."

"SafeHouse will enable the collection of information and documents that could be used in the generation of trustworthy news stories," Journal managing editor Robert Thomson said in a statement.

"We're open to receiving information in nearly any format, from text files to audio recordings and photos," the newspaper said. "Help The Wall Street Journal uncover fraud, abuse and other wrongdoing."

The is the latest to launch a site similar to , which has released tens of thousands of US from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and secret diplomatic cables.

Bill Keller, the executive editor of The , told Yahoo! News in January that the newspaper was considering the creation of a site for leakers.

Pan-Arab television network Al Jazeera launched a "Transparency Unit" in January seeking documents, photos, audio and video clips as well as "story tips."

A former WikiLeaks spokesman, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, has also launched a WikiLeaks competitor, OpenLeaks.

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jmcanoy1860
4 / 5 (8) May 05, 2011
Major media company to show actual news? RRiiiiiight......
TabulaMentis
1.6 / 5 (7) May 05, 2011
Start with eavesdropping on Obama, his cabinet and the US Congress, and they will learn how to stop the bleeding of US funds. Currently it is the other way around! God help us all in America!
Jotaf
5 / 5 (1) May 05, 2011
Good!! At least now nobody will be able to argue that "it's not a *real* news organization" so press freedom rules do not apply, like they did with Wikileaks.
TabulaMentis
not rated yet May 05, 2011
Good!! At least now nobody will be able to argue that "it's not a *real* news organization" so press freedom rules do not apply, like they did with Wikileaks.
In that case maybe they will have to reveal their sources or be forced out of business.
TabulaMentis
not rated yet May 05, 2011
We should have eavesdropped on the Bush's also, but not Clinton. Clinton is the only president since Reagan who worried about the debt and tried to do something about it. Most people remember what Congress did to Clinton. In twelve years America will be 40 trillion dollars in debt. If Americans had studied math and science, then they would know America will never be able to recover from such a large debt. The big story will be what will happen to America after it goes bankrupt? Maybe Michael Moore should make a movie about what America will be like after 2022. I'm sure the youngsters will love it!
Caliban
3.7 / 5 (3) May 05, 2011
Major media company to show actual news? RRiiiiiight......


Exactly. They should have dubbed it "LeakTrap", as I'm sure that any revelation that might be too hot for TPTB will never see the light of day -or at least not via this Murdoch Organ.

frajo
not rated yet May 06, 2011
In Europe a business withholding information wanted by prosecution can be lawfully punished. Is this different in the US? It would be one of the US's bright sides.
gah
5 / 5 (1) May 06, 2011
Since the WSJ is now owned and increasingly influenced by far-right Rupert Murdoch, I think it should be at least as reliable as anything on the Fox Networks. Your degree of trust in WSJ should be governed by your degree of trust in Fox.
Na_Reth
not rated yet May 06, 2011
I smell a trap.
rwinners
not rated yet May 07, 2011
This will be cool! What do you think old Rupert is going to 'allow' to be reported??? It ain't gonna be pretty..
TabulaMentis
not rated yet May 09, 2011
It ain't gonna be pretty.
Another thing that is not going to be pretty is real estate values dropping another 50% in 2022 or 2023 from their 2007 highs. It will probably start to happen sooner, but by then it will be too late to reverse the damage. The scandal FOX News should reveal it a possible conspiracy to bankrupt America on purpose for personal gain. Sit back for a moment and think who will gain from America going bankrupt. It will be way bigger than the Enron or Madoff scandals. Yes, it aint gonna be pretty! So just sit on your butts and let Congress and Obama bankrupt America. Yeah, sure, the Bushs started it. That is now water under the bridge. By the year 2022 people will wish they had done something about it. This is something people will wish they had taken more seriously! Do not say you were not warned!