OpenLeaks goes live - because someone leaked it

Posted by Emma Woollacott

OpenLeaks - the breakaway whistle-blowing site created by defectors from Wikileaks - has gone live.

The site isn't yet fully operational: founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg's hand was forced, ironically, by a leak, with rival site Cryptome publishing virtually the entire contents of OpenLeaks itself.

"Someone impatient posted a PDF to cryptome.org leaking the website content we were still preparing for release. Some parts that are not finished yet are missing," says OpenLeaks.

"As of today, OpenLeaks is not yet operational with regard to actually having members that accept documents, since we are only in the alpha phase of the project. For now we are further developing our concept, processes and infrastructure, with the help of our development partners."

Plans to create the site were announced in December by several members of the WikiLeaks team who were unhappy with Julian Assange's autocratic management style. Unlike WikiLeaks, it will act as a clearing house for information, rather than publishing it itself.

"Although we do not publish leaked material ourselves, we do encourage the publication of full document releases by our members through the available resources and impact multipliers that are already out there," say its creators.

"OpenLeaks is, therefore, not an enhancement of, or a replacement for, WikiLeaks, nor is it a competitor. Rather, it is a complementary project providing capabilities other than those that WikiLeaks does, or can, provide."

The organizers say they expect the project to reach beta phase in the second half of this year.