WikiLeaks at War ... With Itself

Operation is paralyzed by strife, insiders says
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2010 3:04 AM CDT
Wikileaks At War ... With Itself
Founder of the WikiLeaks, Julian Assange.   (AP Photo/Lennart Preiss)

WikiLeaks, famed for its war-related whistle blowing, is now at war with itself. Though the site recently unveiled some 390,000 secret documents related to the war in Iraq, insiders say the organization is paralyzed by internal strife over leader Julian Assange's obsession with taking on the US military, finds the Independent. This obsession, critics say, has prevented the site from pursuing other smaller, but important stories. The site is losing sight of its founding principle that all leaks should be made available to the public, say former members.

"Outside of the Iraq and Afghan dossiers, WikiLeaks has been incapacitated by internal turmoil and politics," says one former volunteer. Assange denies the site is in trouble and blasted former colleagues for "spreading poisonous false rumors." (Click here to read about why Assange is becoming ever-more paranoid.)

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