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Wikileaks rival set to open another front in war on secrecy

Ex-Wikileaks staffers to launch Openleaks

Former WikiLeaks staff unhappy with the way that the whistleblowing site is being run are to launch their own site designed to leak sensitive documents.

According to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyhete, Openleaks will send documents to media sources for publication, rather than being published by Openleaks itself. The project is expected to go live on Monday December 13.

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 organisations are similar in that aspect that both are focusing on providing means for whistleblowers to anonymously provide the public with information," one Openleaks staffer told the newspaper.

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 organisation.

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 organisation" said one Openleaks staffer.

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.

See also: WikiLeaks revenge attackers threaten UK govt websites

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