Wednesday, November 26, 2008, 3:58 PM

The future of anonymous leaks

The days of "Deep Throat" blowing the whistle on the Watergate scandal in a dark garage may be fading. The future of anonymous leaks may look a lot like

The new website describes itself as the following:

"Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis...We aim for maximum political impact."

Creators of the site claim they have been provided 1.2 million documents from anonymous sources. While the website's stated priority is to "expose" what it considers corrupt governments, it is not turning a blind eye to corporations. Industries that find themselves subject to public ire may not want to ignore this site. After all, six out of ten Americans use social media and open source sites like this, and that number is rapidly growing. Wikileaks is yet another example of a user-driven website that could have increasing influence over public opinion in the future.



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