Feeds

Wikileaks suspends ops to launch pledge drive

Send money, techies, lawyers to keep whistles blowing

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Wikileaks has temporarily suspended operations while it launches a pledge drive.

The whistle blowing site is taking time out until 6 January to ask for support in many forms, not just donations. Wikileaks is appealing for help from volunteer coders, offers of free legal assistance and hosting support as well as cash donations. The site has promised not to accept corporate or government finance in order to protect its integrity.

As an incentive to potential supporters Wikileaks said it is sitting on "hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release".

Never one for understatement, Wikileaks challenges potential supporters with the statement: We protect the world — but will you protect us?

Wikileaks sprang into life in December 2006 with a pledge to publish leaked sensitive government or corporate documents, while providing assurances that it will protect the anonymity of its contributors. Documents are evaluated before release.

Notable documents published by Wikileaks have included Guantánamo Bay procedures, a BNP membership list, and 9/11 pager messages. Wikileaks also published email from Sarah Palin's Yahoo account after a private webmail account she used for government business was hacked during the 2008 presidential election campaign.

Its publication of confidential documents has led to many scoops while bringing down the legal wrath of a diverse range of organisations including offshore banks, air traffic controllers, calculator manufacturers and Scientologists.

The site's global network of mirror servers makes take-down actions in any one geography essentially ineffective.

Funding difficulties pose an altogether different though unspecified threat to Wikleak's continued existence, at least in its present form. Wikileaks has not set a particular target for its post-Christmas pledge drive. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?
Rent control: Better than bombs at destroying housing
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media
Rise of Twitter etc creates 'enormous challenges'
Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie
EC moves to shift status quo at Internet Governance Forum
Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM
'Not aware' that one IP can hold more than one Website
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?