Wikileaks to serve as online Deep Throat

Jan. 15, 2007 at 4:43 PM

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- When Wikileaks.org goes live in the next two months, the Washington Post said the Internet site will serve as a depository for damning government documents.

Based on the model taken by the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the new Web site will allow people to upload sensitive government documents to help foster more open governmental systems throughout the world.

"Wikileaks is becoming, as planned, although unexpectedly early, an international movement of people who facilitate ethical leaking and open government," Wikileaks organizer James Chen explained.

With its efforts primarily focused on secretive governments in China and other locales, the new Web site has already garnered an Internet reputation and the support of political advocates.

"It's significant that their emphasis seems to be on relatively closed societies rather than the U.S. or Europe, that have a rather robust media sector," open-government advocate Steven Aftergood told the Post.

"They have the potential to make a difference," he added.

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