WikiLeaks is dead. Long live WikiLeaks.
That’s the basic message Wednesday from secrets blog Cryptome, which published an essay outlining why the release of secret US State Department cables effectively struck a death knell to WikiLeaks as a service to the whistleblower community.
WikiLeaks as a secrets outlet was once a thriving, vibrant online community: a technology apparatus that allowed for the transmission of data with complete anonymity. Today it is completely seized by the international furor over US diplomatic cables allegedly given to the site by a lone US Army private.
It once had a massive backlog of files and new document caches were appearing daily. Since it began releasing cables, that river of data has all but dried up.
“At the rate of 20 cables a day it will take 13,000 days to finish — some 35 years,” Cryptome noted.
“The original merits of Wikileaks have been lost in its transformation into a publicity and fund-raising vehicle for Julian Assange as indicated in the redesign website which billboards him,” Cryptome resigns in its second paragraph.
“Meanwhile the original purpose of Wikileaks is dead in the water,” the site opines. “Thousands of mirror carcasses floating on the Internet sea, none offering new material except the wee drops of cables which at the current rate will require the passive sites to last redundantly decades when they could be offering material Wikileaks does not.”
All that remains are a series of “bombshell releases” ahead of his book tour, they suggest.
“There will be those who continue to milk the promise of Wikileaks, arguing vehemently for its protection and continuation, but not acknowledging in its current configuration sheltered by main stream partners it is not a threat or threatened — standard bloviation of the media to magnify its importance,” Cryptome concludes. “The shift of focus to Bradley Manning and Adrian Lamo indicates the Assange threat angle is withering and needs to be goosed with journalistic and lawyerly flim-flam so common to awaken readers and juries dozing with disinterest.”
Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman for WikiLeaks, also plans on releasing a book as a tell-all on his time with the site — along with a new site to continue the ideals of the former whistleblower platform.
The new site, dubbed OpenLeaks, aims to cut out the figurehead by allowing whistleblowers the ability to send information directly to media outlets of their choosing. The site would not actively publish the information as WikiLeaks has done, but instead would serve as a media waypoint service for the anonymous passage of sensitive files.
OpenLeaks will also be an open-source project, which the creator hopes will encourage other upstarts to adopt similar technical approaches. Berg similarly criticized WikiLeaks for failing to live up to what he called “its open-source promise.”
BUSTED: NC GOP senator announces retirement after getting caught on video gerrymandering his district
North Carolina Republican state Sen. John Alexander has announced that he will not seek re-election after he was caught trying to gerrymander his own district.
Alexander made the announcement on Thursday after he was seen on video Wednesday making changes that would have made his district a safe Republican seat while representing many Democrats in the Raleigh area.
The changes were pointed out on Twitter by John Bisognano, executive director of National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
Trump’s ‘white superiority complex’ undermines the rule of law in America: black former Republican
Gregory Cheadle, a black former Republican who attended a Trump rally in 2016 and was infamously praised by then-candidate Donald Trump as “my African American," appeared on MSNBC on Monday to explain why he can no longer support the GOP.
Cheadle said that he doesn't believe the president flat-out hates black people like former KKK leader David Duke, but he does believe Trump has what he described as a "white superiority complex" that only makes minorities feel the system is rigged against them.
Meghan McCain roasts Laura Ingraham for fat-shaming her: ‘I’m on The View — and you’re not’
Meghan McCain mocked former Fox News colleague Laura Ingraham after the conservative broadcaster shamed her as too fat for television.
"The View" panelists discussed a viral video of "Late Late Show" host James Corden calling out HBO's Bill Maher for shaming overweight people, and McCain discussed her own struggles with weight.
"I want to say if I weren't fat-shamed, I wouldn't have a career," McCain said. "Laura Ingraham said I was too plus-sized to have a career. Shout out, Laura -- I'm on 'The View' and you're not."
The audience cheered her slam on Ingraham, and she said that same dynamic had worked at the start of her tenure on the talk show.