OpenLeaks is a whistleblowing website which has yet to become active. It aims "at making whistleblowing safer and more widespread".[2]


The OpenLeaks project was founded in September 2010 by Daniel Domscheit-Berg.[3] Domscheit-Berg said the intention of OpenLeaks was to be more transparent than WikiLeaks. "In these last months, the Wikileaks organization has not been open any more. It lost its open-source promise."[4]

OpenLeaks was supposed to start public operations in early 2011 but despite much media coverage it is still not functioning.

Team members

OpenLeaks have two public contacts, Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Herbert Snorrason, both previously involved in WikiLeaks.[3]


Instead of publishing the documents, OpenLeaks will send the leaked documents to various news entities or publishers.[5]

At the time of its announcement, WikiLeaks was facing a number of threats: founder Julian Assange had been arrested in connection with sexual assault charges; the site had issues finding safe DNS and web hosting; and many companies had blocked payment to the site. According to Domscheit-Berg's initial statements, he expected OpenLeaks to bypass WikiLeaks problems by serving only as a safe conduit for whistleblowers to leak information, which would then be passed on to the press, instead of acting as a publisher itself. The organization also intends to be democratically governed, rather than being run by one person or a small group.[6][7] "Our long term goal is to build a strong, transparent platform to support whistleblowers — both in terms of technology and politics — while at the same time encouraging others to start similar projects," says a colleague wishing to remain anonymous.[8]

See also



  1. Site Info. Alexa Internet. Retrieved on 14 July 2011.
  2. OpenLeaks. OpenLeaks. Retrieved on 28 January 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 About OpenLeaks. OpenLeaks. Retrieved on 28 January 2011.
  4. Piven, Ben (17 December 2010). "Copycat WikiLeaks sites make waves". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  5. Greenberg, Andy, "WikiLeaks' Stepchildren", Forbes, 17 January 2011, p. 20.
  6. Greenberg, Andy (9 December 2010). Ex-WikiLeaker Explains His Spinoff Group, OpenLeaks. Forbes. Retrieved on 9 December 2010.
  7. Lubin, Gus (9 December 2010). "Key People From Wikileaks Are Ditching "Emperor" Assange To Form A New Site". Business Insider. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  8. Carp, Ossi (9 December 2010). ""A new WikiLeaks" revolts against Assange". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 

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