Florian Cramer on Fri, 25 Feb 2011 17:14:51 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Questions concerning Wikileaks

I might be missing something, but I don't quite get why Internet
activists keep defending Wikileaks as part of their perceived community.
How many people are aware of the facts that:

- There is no Wiki in Wikileaks?
- There is, currently, no Wikileaks Internet service for 
  leaking documents at all?
- That the above wasn't a result of external pressures but internal 
  trouble and schisms in the Wikileaks project?
- Wikileaks' collaboration with news media such as The Guardian and Der 
  Spiegel was based on payments to Wikileaks, with Wikileaks working as 
  an 'information broker with a funny name' (Dmytri Kleiner)? 
- Assange signed a one million dollar book contract?
- In May 2010, Assange announced a $100,000 defense fund for 
  Bradley Manning but not a single cent was ever paid? (according
  to Daniel Domscheit-Berg)

Why does noone discuss whether it wouldn't be safer for whistleblowers
to directly contact a news medium like The Guardian instead of using an
intermediary? (Credits to Dmytri again.)


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