Wall Street Journal’s WikiLeaks Clone Successfully Convinces No One to Tell Them Anything Ever

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, addresses the media as he leaves Belmarsh Magistrates Court on February 8, 2011 in London, England. Mr Assange is continuing his challenge to a proposed extradition from the UK to Sweden on grounds of alleged sexual assault against two women. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) Photo: Oli Scarff/2011 Getty Images

To get in on some of that good whistle-blowing action without having to go through Julian Assange, The Wall Street Journal launched its own website yesterday. SafeHouse promises to allow users to securely share documents and "keep your identity anonymous or confidential, if needed." But in addition to the lack of technical safeguards that make the site a "total anonymity failure," there's also the fine print on SafeHouse's terms and conditions:

"Except when we have a separately negotiated confidentiality agreement… we reserve the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process, to operate our systems properly, to protect the property or rights of Dow Jones or any affiliated companies, and to safeguard the interests of others."

Sounds like they won't tweet your home phone number just because Murdoch feels like it, but anything shy of that is fair game.

Don’t Leak to the Wall Street Journal’s New Wikileaks Knockoff [Gawker]
Wall Street Journal faces backlash over WikiLeaks rival [Guardian UK]