Former WikiLeaks worker: rival site under way

December 10, 2010 By LOUISE NORDSTROM , Associated Press
A man holds up a sign as protesters gather in support of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange, in Sydney, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. WikiLeaks' extensive releases of secret U.S. diplomatic cables have embarrassed U.S. allies, angered rivals, and reopened old wounds across the world. U.S. officials in Washington say other countries have curtailed their dealings with the U.S. government because of WikiLeaks' actions. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

(AP) -- Wikileaks soon won't be the only secret-spilling game in town.

A former co-worker of founder plans to launch a rival website Monday called Openleaks that will help anonymous sources deliver sensitive material to public attention.

In a documentary by Swedish broadcaster SVT, due to be aired Sunday and obtained in advance by The Associated Press, former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg said the new website will work as an outlet for anonymous sources.

"Openleaks is a technology project that is aiming to be a service provider for third parties that want to be able to accept material from anonymous sources," Domscheit-Berg said rare interviews conducted in Berlin.

Ever since WikiLeaks burst on the international news agenda last spring there's been speculation about possible copycat sites.

In Berlin, Domscheit-Berg was not available to talk Friday as he was focusing on a book about his time at Wikileaks.

SVT reporter Jesper Huor said Openleaks will be launched on Monday from a base in Germany as part of a yet-undisclosed foundation, run by a board of directors.

The timing of the new site comes as pressure mounts for both WikiLeaks and its 39-year-old Australian founder Assange after the start of publication of some 250,000 secret U.S. diplomatic cables last month.

The WikiLeaks site has come under attack, while Assange, who is now in a British jail fighting extradition to Sweden on sex crime allegations, has been threatened. Swiss Postfinance, MasterCard Inc., Visa Inc., Inc. and others have cut ways to send donations to the group, impairing its ability to raise money.

Assange, a 39-year-old former from Australia, has denied the Swedish accusations.

Domscheit-Berg, who during his time with WikiLeaks often went under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, said he quit the project after falling out with Assange over what he described as the lack of transparency in the group's decision-making process.

"If you preach transparency to everyone else you have to be transparent yourself. You have to fulfill the same standards you expect from others, and I think that's where we've not been heading in the same direction philosophically anymore," he said in the documentary.

Domscheit-Berg said the main problem was how the WikiLeaks website began handling bigger leaks, such as the disclosures of some 400,000 classified U.S. war files from Iraq and 76,000 from Afghanistan earlier this year.

Too many resources went into these disclosures, he said.

"I think the wisest thing to do would have been to do this slowly, step by step, to grow the project. That did not happen," he said.

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Candidate Obama:

"Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former president wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the white house counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so; it will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well-grounded in the Constitution. Let me say it as simply as I can: transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency,"
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Hilary Clinton: "I have directed that specific actions be taken at
the state department"

Robert Gibbs: "Obviously there is an on-going investigation about the stealing of and the disemination of sensitive and classified information. Secondly, under the administration, we are looking at a whole host of things and I wouldn't rule anything out."

Nixon: I still think we ought to take the North Vietnamese
dikes out now. Will that drown people?
Kissinger: About two hundred thousand people.
Nixon: No, no, no, I'd rather use the nuclear bomb.
Have you got that, Henry?
Kissinger: That, I think, would just be too much.
Nixon: The nuclear bomb, does that bother you?...I just
want you to think big, Henry, for Christsakes.

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