Ex-WikiLeaks spokesman attacks Assange 'gag' orders

May 13, 2011 01:44


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WASHINGTON - A former WikiLeaks spokesman has condemned Julian Assange for demanding workers for the website sign "confidentiality agreements" threatening penalties of up to 12 million British pounds ($19.5 million).

Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German activist who served until last year as one of WikiLeaks' two main spokesmen, told Reuters the website, which presents itself as a paragon of disclosure and transparency, is behaving too much like the governments and businesses it purports to expose.

"WikiLeaks has become what it despises: a repressive organization, using restrictive contracts to gag its staffers, cultivating intransparency and unaccountability," Domscheit-Berg said in an e-mail.

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