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Former Wikileaks employee destroys unpublished leaked documents

A former Wikileaks employee has destroyed 3500 unpublished ‘leaks’ to Julian Assange’s site, and has taken the site’s encrypted system to create a spinoff project.

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who was Julian Assange’s former right-hand man, left Wikileaks last year after a disagreement between the pair, and has now demolished files to the Wikileaks site such as- the US no-fly list, Bank of America documents and “detailed information about 20 neo-Nazi groups”.

Domscheit-Berg has taken the whistle-blower site’s submission system to create a rival-site, OpenLeaks, which means Wikileaks will not be able to receive online leaked files, and will have to use “snail mail” from an Australian PO box.

In an interview with Der Spiegel, Domscheit-Berg said the unpublished documents had been shredded for protection of their sources. In his book published this year, titled ‘Inside Wikileaks’, he revealed his motives for destroying the files and taking the encrypted system, writing, “children shouldn’t play with guns”. He wrote that the material would be returned to Assange “if and when he can prove that he can store the material securely and handle it carefully…”

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