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OpenLeaks is project forked from WikiLeaks by some discontented staff members, lead by Daniel Domscheit-­Berg.[1] Domscheit-­Berg defended keeping the source code to OpenLeaks secret.[2] Domscheit-Berg split from Assange in December 2010, and took until the summer of 2012 to prepare new software to operate OpenLeaks.[3]

Wired magazine published a long excerpt from Andy Greenberg's history of WikiLeaks, focussed around OpenLeaks August 2011 opening.[4]

"The long-gestating system is designed to allow the same anonymous whistleblowing as WikiLeaks, but unlike the parent project where Domscheit- Berg spent three years of his life, OpenLeaks isn’t designed to actually make anything public. Instead, it aims to securely pass on leaked content to partnered media organizations and nonprofits, avoiding the dicey role of publisher that got WikiLeaks into so much trouble. It will focus, Domscheit- Berg says, on the most technically tricky and crucial link in the leaking chain: untraceable anonymous uploads."[4]

In 2013, when the Columbia Journalism Review commented on the SecureDrop project, initiated by Forbes magazine, it commented that OpenLeaks was "a project which did not ultimately materialize."[5]


  1. ”A new WikiLeaks” revolts against Assange, Dec 9, 2010
  2. Evgeny Morozovoct. And the Firewalls Came Tumbling Down: ‘This Machine Kills Secrets,’ by Andy Greenberg, New York Times, 2012-10-12, p. BR14. Retrieved on 2019-08-23. “'You can’t run this like a zoo where everyone can go and watch,' is how Daniel Domscheit-­Berg, Julian Assange’s former lieutenant, defends his decision not to release the source code of OpenLeaks, his own challenger to WikiLeaks.”
  3. Jake Hanrahan. A Chat with WikiLeaks’ Former Spokesperson, Vice magazine, 2012-07-03. Retrieved on 2019-08-23. “Despite the bad blood and threats of violence from both parties, Domscheit-Berg set about launching his own whistle-blowing service that he felt would be more effective than WikiLeaks. "OpenLeaks" was meant to be up and running by 2011, but after many delays the service is now in the final stages of preparation.”
  4. 4.0 4.1 Andy Greenberg. The WikiLeaks Spinoff That Wasn’t: An Exclusive Excerpt From This Machine Kills Secrets, Wired magazine, September 2012. Retrieved on 2019-08-23.
  5. Lauren Kirchner. When sources remain anonymous, Columbia Journalism Review, 2013-10-31. Retrieved on 2019-08-23. “Incidentally, it’s a concept similar to WikiLeaks spinoff OpenLeaks, a project which did not ultimately materialize, and to The Wall Street Journal’s SafeHouse, a 2011 attempt which was immediately lambasted by security experts for its, well, lack of security.”