WikiLeaks.org - no longer functioning for normal whistleblowers, despite new submission system
After 5 years of dithering, the once relevant WikiLeaks.org has finally got around to re-launching a
potentially secure (but deliberately obscure and therefore untrustworthy) document submission system for
their ambitious targets of "national security" and large scale dataset "leaks" and their pompous claims to be "the world experts at source protection"
Unfortunately what started out as an interesting project has turned into a bickering personality cult,
- Their pretension to solicit "national security" and large scale data leaks, is undermined by:
- Their falling out with the major news media groups they initially worked with to get whistleblower leaks widely published.
- Their split with many early activists and volunteers
- Their infiltration by an FBI informer, a vulnerable teenager who should never have exposed to the risky
business of whistleblower intermediary activism and publishing. How many other spies have infiltrated the cult ?
- The huge amount of USA and UK and other national security signal intelligence agency surveillance resources aimed at
their controversial leader Julian Assange, puts any whistleblower at unnecessary risk of exposure.
- The shameful affair of WikiLeakS' most important confidential source, Bradley now Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 in military prison,
after his "confidential source" handling by Julian Assange, who chose to publish for his own political agenda, rather than to protect Manning from himself / herself.
The new WikiLeakS.org system seems to be somewhat similar to other leak submission platforms like GlaLeaks and SecureDrop, but unlike them, it is not Open Source, with clearly described
technical and procedures showing how a leak submission is encrypted and compartmentalised.
WikiLeakS.org have huge issues of lack of transparency, lack of trust and of obvious political bias to overcome,
before any whistleblower should consider using them.
N.B. there have been no actual publications by WikiLeaks.org of anything new, despite their new submissions system having been online now for week.
It is very significant that Edward Snowden chose not to contact WikiLeaks.org when casting around for "national security" journalists to handle his dislcosures.