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Wikileaks launches online system for whistleblowers

Warwick Ashford

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks is to unveil a new online system today to enable informers to pass on secrets more than a year after its electronic submission system went down.

The move is part of efforts by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reinvigorate his campaign for transparency beset by legal, financial and technical challenges, according to the Financial Times.

Last month, Assange said WikiLeaks had to rebuild its submission system from scratch because existing security technology “could not be trusted”.

The new submission system will include several mechanisms to deal with an attack on the entire internet security system, as it is not possible to trust any regular web-based encryption system, according to Assange.

But it remains to be seen whether a new submission system will be enough to help WikiLeaks out of the doldrums as the organisation faces a serious shortage of cash.

In October,  Assange said WikiLeaks may not be able to continue unless it can raise several million in donations after a blockade by US finance companies cut off 95% of the organisation's revenue.

"If Wikileaks does not find a way to remove this blockade, given our current levels of expenditure, we will simply not be able to continue by the turn of the year," he said.

Assange claims that since Wikileaks began publishing thousands of secret US government files and diplomatic cables online, an "arbitrary and unlawful financial blockade" has been imposed by Bank of America, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Western Union.

The fate of WikiLeaks is also strongly tied to that of Assange, who is still fighting extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sexual assault.

Assange is hoping to win permission to appeal in the Supreme Court against this month’s ruling that he should be extradited to Sweden in the hope of remaining in the UK.


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