WikiLeaks admits insider deleted loads of its data
We do have more than one source, honest. Well, we did
WikiLeaks has explained the non-appearance of Bank of America data it frequently promised to publish: a defector took the only copies with him when he left the organisation and has now deleted the files.
Daniel Domscheit-Berg left WikiLeaks last summer and took the documents with him following a dispute with Julian Assange. This seems to have centred on Berg's relationship with a woman at Microsoft.
Berg was suspended at the end of August 2010 and, WikiLeaks claims, has tried to extract money from the group in return for their data. In January he set up his own version of WikiLeaks, but the site has been inactive since then. He also wrote a book about his time at the site.
Assange's organisation confirmed on Twitter that Berg had destroyed 20 gigabytes of information from the Bank of America, the entire US no-fly list and US intercept arrangements for 100 companies as well as details and emails from 20 neo-Nazi groups and a German far right group. ®
Surely one of these idiots thought to make a backup copy of these things somewhere.
I mean what kind of buffoon has that sort of important information and doesn't make an encrypted copy to an external HDD or whatever?
Didn't you know...
That Assange only has data on Uncle Sam and not China or Russia or anyone else... Lets face it.
The US is a paper tiger when it comes to this stuff. Russia? Had Assange had anything on Russia, you can bet the old KGB types would have already taken care of Julian.
(They don't put up with his antics. The US? Well they have an image and laws that prevent them from doing things.... look at how well Gitmo turned out.)
This guy may have done Julian a huge favor. Too bad Julian won't stop to thank him.
And naturally we believe them, ...
... just like that, because Wikileaks are such a trustworthy and dependable non-publicity seeking organization that is impossible that anything they told us in the past could be wrong, or exaggerated, or even a fib.