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Every news organization would love to have access to the sort of document dumps Wikileaks gets, but no one relishes the thought of working with Julian Assange. So a number of outlets have experimented with creating their own whistleblower-friendly file-sharing systems.
What is it they don't get about the status of leaked documents? In addition, Al Jazeera and the WSJ both say they reserve the right to identify leakers to law enforcement if pressed to. .....
The Journal claims that its SafeHouse site is located on secure servers, and it promises potential whistleblowers anonymity and the use of file encryption. However, internet security and privacy experts have already concluded that the site is anything but secure.
"Don’t leak to the Wall Street Journal’s new Wikileaks knockoff," Gawker's Adrien Chen warned on Thursday, the same day the new site was rolled out. "SafeHouse is the opposite of safe, thanks to basic security flaws and fine print that lets the Journal rat on leakers."
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