Show Politics February 10, 2011
Assange Nailed With Unfriendly Fire

Daniel Domscheit-Berg is not as famous as Julian Assange, but he's no less relevant. Domscheit-Berg was Assange's partner in Wikileaks, before splitting from the organization last year. Domscheit-Berg has since started his own venture called Openleaks.

Today in Berlin, he presented his new book "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website." In it, he calls Assange "freethinking," "energetic" and "brilliant." Yet, he also refers to him as "paranoid," "power-obsessed" and "monomaniacal."

Domscheit-Berg says he and Assange struggled ideologically over how Wikileaks should operate. He says he wanted Wikileaks to be more transparent and wanted to make it safer so whistle-blowers could leak things anonymously, and unfiltered. (as opposed to Assange's tendency to vet everything and then decide what gets out, and when). He also accuses Assange of basically running the operation like a dictator.

Well, Wikileaks is fighting back. It accuses Domscheit-Berg of sabotaging operations, and even suggests he wasn't that important in the organization.

Who's right? Hard to know. But we'll keep ya posted.



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