Wikileaks wannabes spring up all over the web

Whistle-blower web sites are all the rage.

Wikileaks copycat sites are springing up all over the Internet as daft folk queue up in a bid to get famous, get followed and harassed by dodgy government agencies, and have their sexual technique discussed on the telly.

Step forward OpenLeaks - "a project that aims at making whistleblowing safer and more widespread"; Rospil - a Russian site for whistle-blowers who are fed up with living and now we've got Localeaks, aimed to help Americans spill the beans on in their locality by courting anonymous tips which can be filed to any or all of 1400 newspapers in the U.S.

Localeaks is the brainchild of the City of New York's Graduate School's 'Entrepreneurial Journalism programme'. It provides a bunch of web-based "drop-boxes" consisting of a secure web connection and a form that encrypts submissions, destroys the originals and removes identifying metadata from any documents submitted. The operators are currently helping local newspapers sort out their end so that a secure connection with the leaker can be established.

It sounds like a good idea, and we like its local aspect. It's sure to annoy somebody - which in our view - is what journalism's for, so long as you're annoying them with the truth.

As for some of the other copycat sites: well if your leak's big enough send it to WikiLeaks is our take on the matter - although feel free to run it by us first!

As we've stated previously, transparency in government is an essential pre-requisite of democracy. Don't let the authorities hide behind the cloak of secrecy to get away - often quite literally - with murder.

And never trust a coporation. These entities have no conscience, they are not human and they have no moral compass. Their raison d'etre is to make money and their only responsibility is to their shareholders, not the public good.

So what are you waiting for?? get Leaking!