Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by Ellen15
If I had info to leak, I don't know how comfortable i would feel sending it to any of those sites (especially israelileaks). Seems they could very
well be any or all of those countries attempts to get info specifically about them (wouldn't send indo leaks to israeli and israeli to indonesia)
leaked to them (so it can never be heard of again) rather than posting it at Wikileaks.
Not that they aren't legit, but these to me seem ten times fishier than WL.
I support WL send your info there, not to these.
Greetings all... I'm posting here on behalf of the israeliLeaks.org project. A few great topics came up in this thread. I'm including links below
relative to a couple of them (who/what are we, questions about wikileaks, etc). Here, I'd like to jump straight ahead to issue of "leaking".
First, whistleblowers don't leak to organizations, they leak to indvividuals. ...generally people they trust.
israeliLeaks is not an organization; it is a collaborative project of individuals. The individual contributors do not pledge any specific amount of
their time/effort to the project, and they do not receive compensation from it. This is a question of interest/motive and intellectual freedom. Each
researcher has his/her own sources, and each decides what information is or isn't brought into the project. Any "leaks" coming into the project would
be the product of a whistleblower supplying information into the public domain directly to an individual. That individual would then bring the
information to the project for coordinated release. Individuals contributing to israeliLeaks nurture personal relationships with sources from all
walks of life in an international context, and we expect this to continue to be the main avenue for new source material.
WikiLeaks and others are (heavily) burdened by the nature and scale of their operations. They have income and obligations (payroll, etc), generally
an existence to maintain. Even when it comes to content, it is absolutely neccesary for them to make strategic decisions about the political, legal,
and financial impact of anything they allow the public (the rest of us) to access. Because they exist as entities (corporations), each of their
decisions must include consideration of self-preservation.
Finally, whistlerblowers generally do not want their material to be filtered through an editorial process. Many of them are risking their careers,
lifestyles, and sometimes their lives to insert previously secret information into the public domain (generally for the common good).
WikiLeaks/OpenLeaks/et al can offer a global platform to any whistleblower that believes he/she can trust them (anyone considering this should look
into Bradley Manning's experience). The israeliLeaks solution to the 'whistleblower looking for an outlet' problem is simple. The source can contact
the project through the website, and an individual will respond. The researcher would fully identify himself/herself (easily verifiable public
identity) with the source controlling their own degree of self-identification. From this point forward, researcher and source can communicate by any
means they see fit (ideally, there will be 2 or more researchers engaged with the source). There is no need for persistent "Internet lock-boxes" or
'SSL enabled websites'. Ad hoc encryption methods allow for sensitive information to be tranmitted via public networks, and dynamic naming and
addressing is more of an asset than a liability. The art of transferring information confidentially is as old as recorded history, and these systems
have been compromised for centuries (without the need for $10M computer data centers). There is no need for an incoroporated "leak" organization or
standing mechanisms to communicate "leaks". The structured networking and aligning of individuals is the only requirement, and everything beyond that
comes with a cost. Consistent methods are much more important than consistent infrastructure (People like globaleaks.org are exploring the topic of
community-based leak sharing and corelation [not to speak for them]).
In any event, please forgive the long post. Comments and input here and/or @ israeliLeaks.org are much appreciated.
Q-n-A about who/what we are
WikiLeaks and Israel --- Questions for/about WikiLeaks
Questions for/about WikiLeaks !!!
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