Friday, February 11, 2011

Hypocrisy by Wikileaks

Funny... a site like Wikileaks (which does a valuable job of letting whistleblowers publish secrets) is a hypcrite. Here's a bit from an article in the UK's Independent newspaper:
WikiLeaks says it will take legal action against a former key member of the website who left after a bitter fallout with founder Julian Assange and went on to set up a rival whistle-blowing platform.

Kristinn Hrafnsson, a spokesman for WikiLeaks, confirmed that the organisation intends to sue Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German transparency campaigner who - until his departure last September - was one of the few public faces of the secretive whistle-blowing platform.

Mr Domscheit-Berg, who is launching his own whistle-blowing websites OpenLeaks, has written a warts and all memoir of his time at WikiLeaks in which he accuses Mr Assange of being an irresponsible and autocratic leader who once threatened to kill him.

“Inside WikiLeaks”, which went on sale in Germany today and will be published in Britain next week, is one of just a number of recent memoirs from people who have worked with Mr Assange that portray the WikiLeaks founder in a poor light.
Go read the whole article.

Seems to me that is you call for "transparency" from others, then you have a moral obligation to live a transparent life. But it appears that Julian Assange comes from the "hypocrite" side of would-be moralists: do as he says, but don't do as he does (or he will sue you)!

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