Skip to comments.Wikileaks "sells secret information" - report: Co-founder blows whistle on "criminal outfit"
Posted on 12/06/2010 1:23:43 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Whistleblowing outfit Wikileaks has been flogging secret information which it has been collecting to make cash on the side.
According to a co-founder, who left the organisation, John Young, Wikileaks has a lucrative sideline flogging intelligence information the site had obtained.
Young said he left the site in 2007 because he was worried by the fact that the outfit was mismanaging its funds and that Wikileaks was engaged in the selling of documents.
Speaking to WND senior reporter Aaron Klein on his radio program on New York's WABC Radio Young claimed that Wikileaks was a money-making operation and follows the model of a number of other business intelligence operations.
Selling intelligence information is a lucrative field, and so they are following that model, usually cloaked in some kind of public benefit, he told Klein.
He first released it when the topic of raising $5 million the first year came up.
Young said that he thought that Wikileaks was supposed to be a public interest group, but as soon as I heard that, I know that "they were a criminal organisation."
His attacks on Julian Assange are particularly nasty and personal. Claiming that he is a "narcissistic personality, he said he craves attention and will do about anything to get it.
Young said that Assange was not really anti-American - his comments about the States were just a popular crowd pleaser.
Assange picks easy targets for publicity purposes for maximum exposure, he alleged
He found it interesting that while Wikileaks is putting out this high profile material, it has abandoned putting out useful material to release bombshells and picking easy targets.
Young, 74, publishes a document-leaking website of his own called Cryptome.org that predates Wikileaks.
Cryptome famously posted online a review of security measures at the Democratic National Convention, the names of alleged UK spies and leaked internal documents about police requests inside Microsoft.
He said he was recruited by Wikileaks because of his Cryptome credibility.
Cryptome founder John Young
Solid intel obtained on a regular basis sells even better.
These evil bastards really think they are doing the public a favor...
If the CIA can’t deal with this then maybe they should be de-funded? In fact, since they didn’t deal with this before the first secret was released maybe they should be de-funded?
The fact that they are selling this stuff is proof that they have stolen something of value.
I predict Julian's dreams for attention will soon come true.
And this is a guy who is suddenly worried about ethics? Maybe I'm just getting too cynical, but it seems way too convenient that Young is speaking out now that the financial sector is being threatened with outing. Methinks old Julian is making too many powerful people uncomfortable.
ping for later
Assange picks easy targets.Guess who likes how brother J.Jackson works.
Wikileaks is sure making the crooks in our government run for cover....Good !!!!
I repeat myself...crooks and government are synonymous.
Individually, the louder they scream, the more that person has secrets to hide.
Bring it on!!!
Maybe their in cahoots.
I used to read cryptome around 1999 or so. It had a definite anti-American flavor to it then, that’s why Young was recruited, not because he was some super sleuth.
There is simply no defending Assange now. He is simply a freelance espionage mercenary. He should be hunted down and his operation terminated.
There is no honor among thieves...