Sorry, folks. I’ve been fighting with my slowly dying machine the last few days, and yesterday afternoon the whole damn power supply crapped out on me. By the time I’d figured out it was the power supply, it was too late to get another one (yea for small towns with no decent computer supply stores!). Fun!
Anyway, Wikileaks.org looks to be the first web-based anonymous wiki for verified non-public documents. An interesting idea, and one that’s probably going to garner some attention, as you know how the news media loves commenting on the news media. The idea is that the public often needs restricted data to make informed decisions, and protections for whistleblowers are being eroded everyday. WikiLeaks provides a repository for those documents that would otherwise be hidden away from the world while helping protect the leaker’s identity. Currently the site focuses mostly on sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the former Soviet Bloc, but who knows what’ll show up there eventually?
I don’t envy the legal and ethical fights this site will surely face if it takes off.