Dear Reader,

If imitation is the sincerest form of a compliment, then the world has judged Wikileaks worthwhile — there is an imitator:  OpenLeaks.   It went live on January 26, 2011 – forced to go live a bit earlier than scheduled by an enthusiastic internet leak to Cryptome.org.

This new whistle-blowing site is more than just a mere competitor.   Begun by Wikileaks’ former right-hand man to AssangeDaniel Domscheit-Berg, OpenLeaks has a double focus.   First, it’s stated mission is to serve as a conduit for whistle-blowers rather than as the recipient of the information which then performes the whistle-blowing.  Domscheit-Berg states that this was originally an idea to be an extension of Wikileaks.  Secondly, Domscheit-Berg feels that Wikileaks isn’t open anymore and has lost its “open source” and it is his goal for OpenLeaks to retain its “open source” – its transparency.  In addition to a change of focus, Domscheit-Berg, is structuring OpenLeaks as a democratically-run organization not just run by a single individual.

As of this writing, no leaks have been made public yet.   That has been scheduled for the second half of 2011.

Notes:

1. http://openleaks.org/

2. http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/wikileaks_competitor_openleaks_opens_doors.php

3.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenLeaks

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