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“Anti- censorship” Wikileaks gags its own employees

13 May 2011

In a beautifully ironic twist, the secret confidentiality agreement imposed by Wikileaks (described as being “at the forefront of anti-censorship” on its own website) on its employees has been leaked to the press.

The confidentiality agreement states that any significant breach of its terms will result in a loss to Wikileaks of £12,000,000, which it would then attempt to recover from whichever employee dared to leak information to the outside world. Luckily for the employees, it seems unlikely that this monumental figure is a genuine and reasonable pre-estimate of loss, meaning that the courts would be very unlikely to allow Wikileaks to claim such a sum.

The agreement also gives examples of how such loss may be caused to Wikileaks, the first listed being “loss of opportunity to sell the information to other news broadcasters and publishers”. It seems unlikely that the sources who risk their livelihoods to provide information to the public would be happy for it to be commercialised in this way.

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