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Former Wikileaks insider destroyed files

The Local · 22 Aug 2011, 15:14

Published: 22 Aug 2011 15:14 GMT+02:00

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Domscheit-Berg, estranged German cohort of Julian Assange, told Der Spiegel magazine that he "shredded" the files only recently to ensure no sources would be compromised.

Among the information said to be lost forever are the US government’s “no-fly” list, which lists people not allowed to board US aircraft, as well as inside information from 20 far-right extremist organizations.

Wikileaks and its leader Assange responded furiously to Domscheit-Berg’s announcement. In a written statement, the organization accused him of “blackmail” and said Domscheit-Berg had threatened to make the documents available to “forces that oppose WikiLeaks.”

The group said it had attempted to negotiate with Domscheit-Berg through a mediator but those efforts had failed.

Meanwhile, a release from Assange attacked Domscheit-Berg and accused him and his wife of having contact with intelligence agencies.

Domscheit-Berg has been a controversial figure for quite some time. He left WikiLeaks after being suspended by the group in 2010 after Assange said his stability and reliability came into question. His book, “Inside WikiLeaks” criticized Assange as mercurial and unreliable.

He has recently launched his own leak website called OpenLeaks, but was kicked out of the hacker group the Computer Chaos Club for allegedly exploiting the group's name.

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"He wants to use us as a credibility voucher," said the CCC's Andy Müller-Maguhn, a friend of Assange who had tried to mediate with Domscheit-Berg over the return of the now destroyed documents.

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16:05 August 22, 2011 by catjones
Were these documents hand-written and transcribed from memory?
16:44 August 22, 2011 by dcgi
This man really knows how to burn his bridges.
17:08 August 22, 2011 by Shirazz
It's more like he leaked his bridges....
17:45 August 22, 2011 by bad_tolz
I would say it is more a case of trying to hide the bridge he and others knowingly built under the surface of the water.
18:40 August 22, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
This sounds like a personal rivalry carried out in a public domain. How juvenile. And "making the documents available to those who oppose wikileaks" is not illegal - God forbid there are people who oppose the leaking of top secret documents of foreign governments. There cannot be a monopoly on information, two sides of the story are better than one.
22:38 August 22, 2011 by hogar2010
He is a rat, or he became rat in the meantime. Rats never do something for free, they always demand money, possibly CIA gave him money. He has dirty personality.
01:05 August 23, 2011 by yourholiness
How do you know that? Perhaps its Assange that is the dirty one. It was Assange who decided to release the secret US files about the Iraq war that put many lives in jeopardy.
10:26 August 23, 2011 by hogar2010
@yourholiness, I know very good how to recognize rats, they always repeats phrases of government. the same as you do here. it is clear that Wikileaks published the dirt of war (killing of civilians by US/EU soldiers). Still there is no one who died because of publishing of information by Wikileaks but there are more than million dead civilians in Iraq (killed by EU/US soldiers). Why you make difference between EU/US and Iraqi civilians? I don't remember that Bin laden killed million civilians in Europe or in USA, even when some people killed 3000 people in USA there was big propaganda about it, but there is even trying to hide how many civilians died in Iraq. Therefore I always say that racism is part of war, people who work for government make difference between "our and their" civilians but for me all people are humans and Wikileaks published the truth about killing of civilians. Whoever try to hide such truth, he is rat who sold his soul to killers (CIA).
11:26 August 23, 2011 by yourholiness
How do you know how many people died in the middle east as a result of the irresponsible leak of that information hogar2010?. I as far as I'm concerned the whole Wikileaks crowd are a bunch of juvenile and criminal cowards who crave attention by any means necessary. As for the tragic loss of life in Iraq you can blame most of that on the Iraqis themselves.
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