WikiLeaks Defector Destroyed More Than 3,500 Files

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Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former WikiLeaks spokesman turned Julian Assange arch-nemesis, says that on his way out of the secret-sharing organization he "shredded" more than 3,500 unpublished documents. WikiLeaks took to their official Twitter account over the weekend to confirm the "sabotage," confirming the files as having included the United States' no-fly list, info from Bank of America, and internal communications from neo-Nazi organizations. Domscheit-Berg told the German newspaper Der Spiegel that he was protecting sources by destroying the documents and charged Assange with "behaving like a child clutching on his toy." Domscheit-Berg is also attempting to start his own organization for whistle-blowing, OpenLeaks, but was recently booted by a German hacker group, which said it was hard "to judge whether potential whistleblowers could be effectively protected by OpenLeaks." In a statement, Assange insinuated that Domscheit-Berg is working with international authorities. Domscheit-Berg calls the accusations about his trustworthiness "baseless," but he does have a history with gossip.

Ex-Wikileaks man 'deleted files' [BBC]
Ex-Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Unpublished Files [Der Spiegel]
Statement by Julian Assange on the reported destruction of WikiLeaks source material by Daniel Domscheit-Berg [WL Central]