Monday, January 08, 2007

US FOIA: Web site aims to post government secrets

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Forget parking garages. Tomorrow’s Deep Throats can go wiki.

A new Web site that aims to encourage large-scale leaking of confidential government documents by allowing anonymous disclosure could launch as early as next month.
Beneath a quotation from famed Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, says it seeks to increase government transparency around the world by using “an uncensorable version of Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis.”

Founded by a group that includes technologists and Chinese dissidents, Wikileaks would promote democracy and prevent corruption, and is aimed primarily at oppressive foreign regimes, according to organizers. But the site says it also wants “to be of service to those in the West who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own government and corporations.........”

.......But the initiative, sure to concern U.S. officials who want to restrict access to documents, may go too far even for government transparency advocates.
Wikileaks’ intention to allow anonymous publication of confidential records without oversight by an accountable editor could cause leaks that invade privacy or incite violence, Steven Aftergood, head of the Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, wrote Jan. 3 in his online newsletter, Secrecy News.

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