Wiki co-founder reports Commons to the FBI

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger has reported the Wikimedia Commons to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying the organisation "may be knowingly distributing child pornography."

Sanger left Wikipedia in 2002 over "disagreements about editorial and management policy. He filed the allegations in a report on the FBI's web site, the contents of which he later made public.

In an open letter to one of the Wikimedia Foundation's trustees. In it he said he also alerted Senators and Congressional representatives over images he found.

He alleges: "I believe Wikimedia Commons, owned and hosted by the California-based Wikimedia Foundation, may be knowingly distributing child pornography,"

The letter is backed up with links to various web addresses that may or may not be pornographic. [We daren't look for fear of jackboots kicking the door down.]

"I don't know if there is any more, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is - the content on the various Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons and various others, are truly vast."

Wikimedia lawyer, Mike Godwin, claimed in the same post: "As is commonly the case when non-lawyers attempt to invoke a statute without adequately researching the relevant law and legal categories, Sanger has confused and conflated a number of legal doctrines," he writes.

"As Sanger seems to have forgotten, the Wikimedia Foundation does not originate or develop Wikipedia content or Wikimedia Commons content. This was true in Sanger's day as well as is in the present day."

Sanger rebuts Godwin's arguments in the same Wiki thread, where things are definitely getting a bit heated.