August 23, 2011
Former Wikileaks Spokesman Destroys Unpublished Files
Former Wikileaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg has permanently deleted some 3500 unpublished documents previously leaked to the whistleblower site, including the complete U.S. no-fly list, five gigabytes of data from Bank of America and information about several neo-Nazi groups.
Domscheit-Berg, who worked as a volunteer spokesman for Wikileaks last year, left the organization in late 2010 after a high profile falling out with founder Julian Assange.
He revealed the document destruction during an interview with the German newspaper Der Spiegel, saying he had “shredded” the documents to avoid their sources being compromised.
Domscheit-Berg is believed to have taken the files from Wikileaks' servers at the time of his departure.
Wikileaks has responded to the claims, accusing Domscheit-Berg of sabotage and attempted blackmail.
A statement, credited to Assange, charged Domscheit-Berg of being in allegiance with U.S. intelligence agencies and of endangering the leaking of “many issues of public importance, human rights abuses, mass telecommunications interception, banking and the planning of dozens of neo-Nazi groups”.
“The material is irreplaceable,” the statement read.
Wikileaks also confirmed Domscheit-Berg´s claims in a posting on its Twitter feed.
"We can confirm that the DDB claimed destroyed data included a copy of the entire US no-fly list,” the group wrote.
The no-fly list includes the names of people who are prohibited from boarding U.S. airplanes, or those bound for the U.S., based on suspected terrorist links or other security concerns.
Wikileaks also confirmed that Domscheit-Berg had deleted 5 gigabytes of data relating to Bank of America, the internal communications of 20 neo-Nazi organizations, and U.S. intercept data for "over a hundred Internet companies."
Following his departure from the group, Domscheit-Berg published a book about his time at Wikileaks, saying he had clashed with Assange over his managing of the organization.
Specifically, Domscheit-Berg claims to have urged Assange to retreat from his public role amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
Domscheit-Berg has since created a rival whistleblowing site called the OpenLeaks project.
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