WikiLeaks is Kind of Becoming OpenLeaks

Matthew Torino December 10, 2010 0

After the leader of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has essentially become a national pariah after releasing tons of formerly classified documents that could damage American foreign relations, many of the staff of WikiLeaks has resigned in protest of the ways he has done things and have formed the first splinter group, OpenLeaks. They've split off from their parent website, which has been the subject of much controversy and even shut down by Amazon at one point, and formed their own forum for whistle blowers and others willing and able to get as much information out there to the public as possible.

WikiLeaks has been subject to much controversy as there were rumors of mutiny against Assange going back to earlier this year when inside workers were allegedly trying to sabotage him and oust the outspoken journalist from his position. Whether they didn't like his outspoken nature, his alleged crimes or his reputation as a journalist is unclear but the fact is that as the public has turned against the now famous whistle blower, his own fellow whistle blowers have as well.

But the good news is that unlike WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks will not be some kind of organization that is hell bent on getting as much information as they can. They'll let the other groups get the info for them and apparently decide what is deemed to be available to the public eye. Whether this is an editing process to determine what the public should see or what is actually worthy of being on their site is yet to be seen though it would probably be the former since their stated goal is to leak sensitive information to the public.

They may get the same kind of backlash that WikiLeaks has but we'll just have to wait and see when OpenLeaks is launched but if they do it right, this is a very valuable resource they have created through the Internet. But please, use some discretion.

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