Wikileaks unlike CryptomeSubmitted by troy on Sat, 10/23/2010 - 12:30
> 1. Is it true that you registered the wikileaks.org domain (I read mails on your site but just wanted to make sure). Did they approach you because of your work with Cryptome?
I was asked by email from an anonymous person for permission to use my name and address as registrant for Wikileaks.org. I agreed to that role. Somebody else executed the registration, I did not do that. I do not know who executed the registration. I have performed this service for a number of people before and after Wikileaks. And I have operated web sites for persons who wanted to hide their identity. This is consistent with the purpose of Cryptome to publish documents for those who wish to conceal their identity.
> 1. From your perspective: When and why did you leave Wikileaks?
I did not join Wikileaks nor was I asked to join. In those earliest days there was no Wikileaks; it was a concept which did not have a name. My email address was added to a private mail list set up to discuss the establishment of the concept and the name Wikileaks came out of those discussions. You can read this in the messages posted on Cryptome.
I participated in the mail list discussionI did not leave willingly. I was unsubscribed after I criticized a grandiose funding raising target of $5million is one year. Thus I was never inside Wikileaks but I believe there is nobody inside Wikileaks, that is a mistaken assumption about its existence. Various people participate in common activities but there is no formal organization, no officers, no employees, no legal existence. The WL "advisory board" is an informal arrangement with no legal existence, no responsibility, no legal liability. WL remains only a concept, an initiative, and as far as I know does not exist legally. However, Cryptome is also the same, only a concept without formal existence; it too is only an activity not a legal entitity, it has no resources, no employees, no responsibility; it is a philosophical fiction somewhat like Wikileaks but there are considerable differences.
1. Cryptome primary purpose is not to make money, Wikileaks wants to make a lot of money. That was the reason I was banned and remains the prinicipal basis of my concern about public deception by Wikileaks. It is a business pretending to be a public service initiative.
2. Cryptome does not practice secrecy, Wikileaks does, too much I believe, in order to glamorous its concept as do spies, governments, security peddlers, authoritatives of all stripes and criminals.
3. Cryptome does not promise confidentiality to sources, Wikileaks does far more promising than is technically possible, again like unscrupulous spies, governments, authoritatives of all stripes and criminals -- and journalists especially.
4. Cryptome invites negative criticism and public debate about what it does. Wikileaks bristles at negative criticism and promotes only praise for its activities, indeed exaggerates the praise, seeks, possibly manufactures it in cooperation with those who peddle praise -- that public relations firms and journalism.
5 . Cryptome does not seek publicity or media coverage. Wikileaks does by issuing press releases, taunting the media, orchestrating bombshell releases, glamourizing Julian Assange, behaving mysteriously, exaggerating threats by powerful forces, exaggerating the value of what it publishes, editorializes about its publications excessively -- all the methods used by those who believe excessive valuation is a good thing, you know best who does that, if not, see 3, 4 and 5.
Cryptome does not want to be associated with Wikileaks and there has been no association until recently when Cryptome has been repeatedly asked to comment on Wikileaks on the assumption that the two are alike. Excuse my repetition: they are not alike but it has been futile to state that. By the way, as far as I know Wikileaks has never claimed it is like Cryptome.
> 1. When and why did you become interested in the financial situation of WL?
When there were reports Wikileaks had raised $1million dollars with its bombshell releases.
> 1. Have you ever been in touch with Julian Assange in recent times? Was there a personal fallout with him?
I spoke to Julian once by telepone earlier this year. It was a friendly chat. We have never met. There was no personal relationship. I do not know who unsubscribed me from the private mail list.
> 1. What is your main criticism on Wikileaks right now? The lack of transparency? The hierarchical, yet assumingly “professional” organsation (oposed to the amateur approach that you described in your CNET interview?)
I would like the initiative to be more open about its operation, finances, participants and goals, in accord with democratic principles rather than authoritative principles. Secrecy rightly breeds suspicion and distrust, there is absolutely no justification for it by any public intiative. It corrupts those who practice it.
> 1. Just speculation – is the organisation going to collapse (as recent departures of key figures such as spokesman Daniel Schmitt suggest?)
The initiative will evolve into a more open process or it will die from secrecy, paranoia, suspicion, deception, anger and frustration.
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