Former Wikileaks Partners Ready Rival Site
The fight against government secrecy has opened up on another front. According to a Swedish press report, a new organization, Openleaks, has been formed, one that also has the intention of leaking sensitive documents. This time, however, the documents will be sent to media sources for publication, rather than being published by Openleaks itself.
The new project, which is being set up by former Wikileaks staff unhappy with the way that the whistleblowing site is being run, will launch its new site on Monday according to a report by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.
In an interview with some of the, anonymous, personnel behind the new site, the newspaper reveals that Openleaks is not in direct competition with Wikileaks, "The two organizations are similar in that aspect that both are focusing on providing means for whistleblowers to anonymously provide the public with information," said one Openleaks staffer.
There is, however, unhappiness with Julian Assange's management style and the way that the criminal charges that he is facing have become inextricably linked to the organization.
But it is Openleaks' method of disseminating information only to media outlets, as a middleman, rather than publishing it itself that marks the clearest contrast with Wikileaks. ""All editorial control and responsibility rests with the publishing organization" said one Openleaks staffer to Dagens Nyheter.
It is hoped that this approach will mean that Openleaks will not be submitted to the same sort of pressure that Wikileaks has been put under."It is quite interesting to see how little of politicians' anger seems directed at the newspapers using WikiLeaks sources," said the Openleaks insider.
The prospect of another organisation spreading secret information must seem like a nightmare to governments that are frantically trying to stick their fingers in the holes in the dyke. However, it should be pointed out that Wikileaks had been operating for four years before it really hit public consciousness so Openleaks has some way to go.