Key WikiLeaks figures to launch new whistleblower site, says report

New Openleaks site set to open Monday as a trusted intermediary for info sharing, Swedish paper says

Several key figures behind WikiLeaks have left the project and are preparing to launch a rival whistleblower website called Openleaks, according to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyhete (DN.se)

The new website is set to launch on Monday. Unlike WikiLeaks, it will not directly receive or publish leaked information, according to the newspaper, which quoted unnamed sources that it said were part of the new operation.

Openleaks instead will function as a neutral, non-political intermediary that will link up whistleblowers with organizations that they are interested in sharing the information with, the paper said.

According to DN.se , the organizations that are expected to collaborate with Openleaks in processing and publishing leaked documents include media outlets, non-profit organizations, trade groups, trade unions and other unspecified groups.

All editorial responsibility and control for the leaked information will rest with the group that ultimately publishes the information. Openleaks' role apparently will be purely that of a trusted "messenger" between the whistleblower and the receiving organization.

The impetus for the move apparently comes from a growing sense of frustration about the state of affairs within WikiLeaks, particularly the leadership of founder Julian Assange according to the Swedish newspaper. "The problem was not linked to outsiders trying to sabotage, but came from the inside as a signal to Julian Assange to step down," the paper said.

Several of Assange's colleagues are apparently uneasy about how news of Assanges's personal problems is overshadowing the work that WikiLeaks is doing. Assange's top-down management style also appears to have played a factor, the paper said.

Plans for the purported new whistleblower site come Assange himself is locked up in a U.K. jail cell after his arrested on Tuesday after he turned himself into authorities in that country. Assange is wanted in Sweden on sexual molestation and rape charges.

The 39-year-old is being held without bail. His next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 14.

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