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 Assange, Daniel 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.