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New site aims to be Appalachia's version of WikiLeaks

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- A handful of freelance journalists and computer programmers are launching what they hope will become Appalachia's own version of WikiLeaks, a website where government and corporate whistle-blowers can anonymously share documents.

Honest Appalachia launches Tuesday, and co-founder and spokesman Jim Tobias says it will be a place where people can safely post information without fear of being identified as the source and suffering retaliation. Users download a software program to render their own computers anonymous, and the Honest Appalachia team then strips out other data that could make the document traceable.

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