WikiLeaks likes to leak other people's secrets to the public. Now the gang at Gawker is going to see how the leakers react to be being the target of leaks.
"Secret-sharing website Wikileaks.org's tagline is 'We open governments.' But the organization itself is about as open as North Korea," Adrian Chen wrote on ValleyWag today. "That's why we've launched Wikileakileaks.org: your source for Wikileaks-related secrets, documents and rumors!"
The launch of Wikileakileaks is hardly absent of malice. Chen suggests as much in his posting when he writes: "Julian Assange, Wikileaks' enigmatic ex-hacker founder, is notoriously sensitive to media coverage of his organization, sometimes cutting off reporters completely after a single unfavorable article. (This happened to us.)"
While acknowledging that WikiLeaks "really has opened things up, breaking big stories and providing a much-needed check on excessive government secrecy," Chen adds that the organization's fealty to no-holds-barred transparency has had adverse consequences in some instances. For example, the leaking of some 90,000 classified documents about the Afghan war may have put the lives of some Afghan informants at risk. WikiLeaks has also been taken to task for releasing documents in a lurid case involving a Belgian serial child killer.
"It's time to give Wikileaks the Wikileaks treatment--expose it to the same sort of radical transparency it advocates and see what turns up," Chen declares. "We've launched Wikileakileaks.org as a place for tipsters to share documents, secrets and rumors relating to any aspect of the organization."
What has Wikileakileaks turned up so far? Nothing very secret. Its "Latest Leaks" section contains some links to articles from ValleyWag about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, some links to articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and New Yorker about the organization and some links published at a WikiLeaks competitor, Cryptome.com, to "insider" WikiLeaks emails and old Assange postings to the Cypherpunks mailing list.