WikiLeaks defector took submissions system

Wired magazine has the inside details of former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book, Inside WikiLeaks, which is set for release tomorrow. Domscheit-Berg, who says he hates Assange so much that "I’m afraid I’d resort to physical violence if our paths ever cross again,” makes big claims about the organization’s dysfunction since he left. By far ...

By , International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.
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Wired magazine has the inside details of former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book, Inside WikiLeaks, which is set for release tomorrow. Domscheit-Berg, who says he hates Assange so much that "I’m afraid I’d resort to physical violence if our paths ever cross again,” makes big claims about the organization's dysfunction since he left.

By far the biggest scoop that's leaked so far is that, when Domscheit-Berg left WikiLeaks, he took the organization's encrypted submissions system with him, and Assange's site has been unable to accept new material since. A current WikiLeaks spokesman characterized this as a confession to  "acts of sabotage" by the former defector. Domscheit-Berg, however, writes that "Children shouldn’t play with guns ... [and] That was our argument for removing the submission platform from Julian’s control," according to an excerpt obtained by Wired. (Read more juice at Wired's post here.)

The good news for Assange in all this is that, at least so far, he seems to have won more fans -- not less -- when he is criticized. Assange has defined transparency in a way that is so radically all-encompasing that it doesn't allow for a lot of shades of grey. There's no room for debate once those are the terms; there's only room for traitors and martyrs. Domscheit-Berg and Assange will both be vying for the latter role as the defector opens his own, new site: OpenLeaks.

Wired magazine has the inside details of former WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book, Inside WikiLeaks, which is set for release tomorrow. Domscheit-Berg, who says he hates Assange so much that "I’m afraid I’d resort to physical violence if our paths ever cross again,” makes big claims about the organization’s dysfunction since he left.

By far the biggest scoop that’s leaked so far is that, when Domscheit-Berg left WikiLeaks, he took the organization’s encrypted submissions system with him, and Assange’s site has been unable to accept new material since. A current WikiLeaks spokesman characterized this as a confession to  "acts of sabotage" by the former defector. Domscheit-Berg, however, writes that "Children shouldn’t play with guns … [and] That was our argument for removing the submission platform from Julian’s control," according to an excerpt obtained by Wired. (Read more juice at Wired‘s post here.)

The good news for Assange in all this is that, at least so far, he seems to have won more fans — not less — when he is criticized. Assange has defined transparency in a way that is so radically all-encompasing that it doesn’t allow for a lot of shades of grey. There’s no room for debate once those are the terms; there’s only room for traitors and martyrs. Domscheit-Berg and Assange will both be vying for the latter role as the defector opens his own, new site: OpenLeaks.

Elizabeth Dickinson is International Crisis Group’s senior analyst for Colombia.

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