Clearly I’ve been remiss in my recent blog and news reading since I only came across Wikileaks by accident. A bit embarrassing really given the name of my blog!
The blurb on the site says:
" Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable
Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our
primary interests are oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet
bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be
of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical
behaviour in their own governments and corporations. We aim for maximum
political impact; this means our interface is identical to Wikipedia
and usable by non-technical people. We have received over 1.2 million
documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources."
I couldn’t find any evidence of the 1.2 million documents they refer to, though the FAQs section refers to a live date of March 2007. I can only assume the launch is delayed pending getting the dirt on Gordon Brown’s ‘Great Pensions Robbery"!
Whether the site turns out to have any authoritative content on it, or is just merely a repository of innuendo and gossip remains to be seen. Should I be subscribing I wonder?!
Hmmm. Why ON EARTH do they call it a ‘wikipedia’ when it’s isn’actually just a wiki? I’ve come across this muddling of terms on a couple of occasions, and it does my head in!
The site has received quite a bit of publicity in the blogosphere of late, but I struggle to see what it does that can’t already accomplished elsewhere on the net…