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The secret-spilling site Wikileaks announced this week that it's acquired thousands of e-mails belonging to a top aide to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. But don't look for them online. In a departure from its full-disclosure past, Wikileaks is auctioning off the cache to the highest bidder.
Wikileaks began soliciting bids from media organizations on Tuesday, for what it describes as thousands of e-mails and attachments from 2005 to 2008 that provide insight into Chavez's management, CIA activities in Venezuela and the Bolivarian revolution.
"Ethically speaking, why don't they just publish it?" Kirtly asked. "They pride themselves on being a new breed of news delivery."
Originally posted by dave420
1. Wikileaks is leaving its original mission of providing information to the masses. Charging for it? Disgusting.
Wikileaks has sold out. It's disgusting.
But Wikileaks' most public figure -- Julian Assange, a former hacker and journalist -- told Wired.com earlier this year that the wiki model had failed and that the site would be experimenting with new economic models, though he did not mention plans to ask media organizations to bid on leaked documents.
The auction is just an experiment, and carries too much overhead to be employed for every leak, Assange said by e-mail Tuesday.
2. Why don't they just skim through it and find if there is any incriminating evidence, then run the story themselves, instead of simply selling it to someone to find out for themselves.
The winner gets exclusivity and embargoed access to the documents, though Wikileaks will publish all of them eventually.
Originally posted by 44soulslayer
This rather harks their own death knell actually... surely nobody is going to give them intel if theyre just going to auction it off!